Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island

There's a state park on Antelope Island in Great Salt Lake.  I've always wanted to see the lake, so I thought that would be a good place to head to get up close to it and do some hiking too.

To get there, you drive north of Salt Lake City for around 40 miles, and there is a causeway that takes you out to the island in the lake:

There are some places to stop on the west side of the island and hike short trails to get some views of the lake and the landscape:

This buffalo statue is at the visitor's centre.  They introduced buffalo to the island in the late 1800's and they still graze on the island, although they round them up in winter and put them in pens.

A view back at the causeway and the mainland from the visitor centre:

Next stop, the beach, to have a taste of the lake.  Verdict: really salty!

Beach sand:

These next photos are from another short trail where you can hike up on a bluff over the water:

Look... buffalo!  Saw these on the drive to the other side of the island.

I'll have more photos from a hike on the east side of the island, coming up soon...

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