An incredibly unique State Park, Antelope Island provides one-of-a-kind recreational experiences for enthusiasts year-round. The Park offers hiking, road and mountain biking, and boating with breathtaking 360-degree views of the Great Salt Lake, the mountains, and the abundant desert wildlife. The park is also easily accessible—just 50 miles north of Salt Lake City.
What Makes It Great
Antelope Island offers some of the more unique hikes in the Salt Lake City area and amazing views of the Wasatch Front. Located on the east side of Antelope Island, the summit of Dooley Knob rises just short of 5,300 feet above sea level. The dramatic rock formation at the end of the climb provides stunning views of the Great Salt Lake, the Wasatch Range, and the grassy plain below which is often dotted with the island’s year-round residents—buffalo.
The hike to Dooley Knob shares the same trailhead with the longer, more substantial hike to Frary Peak and covers 1.5 miles round trip and 556 vertical feet. The trail zigzags up the west side of the ridge from the trailhead. You’ll reach the ridgeline in about three quarters of a mile. Dooley Peak is visible to the east. The trail is clearly marked, and Dooley Knob remains visible for the rest of the hike. Most hikers won’t find the hike physically challenging, although the trail can be steep in a few spots. Expect to spend roughly an hour on the hike—more with small children.
The Dooley Knob hike is notable for its fantastic views of the Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake. Keep an eye out for some of Antelope Island’s year-round inhabitant, including buffalo, mule deer, bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope. The Dooley Knob hike is also the site for the park’s annual guided full-moon hike. This kid-friendly (8 years and older) hike takes place every year in mid-November. Moon myths, facts, and lore will be discussed. Of course, you’ll be blown away by the incredible moonlight views. Bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight.
Who is Going to Love It
This hike is fun for the whole family except the smallest toddlers. While the hike is possible for most everyone, it’s important to know that there is very little shade or cover along the hike. Summer can make for scorching temperatures so it’s important to carry plenty of water regardless of your final destination. Most hikes on Antelope Island make for great winter, spring and fall hikes when others in the area are covered in snow. We recommend getting out mid-day and taking in the amazing sunsets that are popular with photographers in the area.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Antelope Island is about an hour (50 miles) north of Salt Lake City. To get there, take I-15 north for about 25 miles to exit 332. From the exit, take a left onto Antelope Island Rd. You’ll arrive at the State Park in about 15 miles. The fee is $9 per day per car. The trailhead is another 13 miles ahead, just follow the signs to Frary Peak. The island’s other amenities include picnic shelters, boat launches, a marina, and a large visitor center that highlights the island’s history. The souvenir shop is also located inside the visitor center.
Park hours vary with the changing seasons:July-Mid-September: 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Mid-September-October 1: 7:00 am to 8:00 pmOctober 2-Mid-November: 7:00 am to 7:00 pmMid-November-February: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm March 1-May 1: 7:00 am to 8:00 pmMay 2-June: 7:00 am to 9:00 pm
Visitor Center and Fielding Garr Ranch Hours:April 15-September 14: 9 am to 6 pmSeptember 15-April 14: 9am to 5 pm