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Buffalo Point – Antelope Island State Park
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Overview
Location

Antelope Island State Park – Northern Utah

Sights

Views of Antelope Island, Picnic Area, Great Salt Lake

Distance

Picnic area - not much hiking required unless you hike to Buffalo Point.

Parking Lot Elevation

4530 ft

Summit Elevation

4785 ft (Buffalo Point)

Elevation Gain/Loss

255 ft

Time Required

1+ hour

Pets

Not allowed on trail

Fees

Yes. There are entrance fees into the state park.

Water Info

No water at Buffalo Point. Bring a bottle of water.

Best Season

Spring, fall – summer has many gnats and flies.

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal.

Trail Condition

Very visible trail. Popular trail.

Restrooms

Yes. At the picnic area.

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Only allowed in camping areas.

Food

Bring meals (if planning to picnic) and snacks.

Equipment

Hat, sunglasses, light jacket, picnic gear

GPS Coordinates

Buffalo Point Picnic Area:  41° 1.949’N, 112° 15.394’W


Trail Map


Driving Directions:

From I-15, take Exit 332 “Antelope Dr”

Travel for all the way west on Antelope Dr until you come to the entrance to the Antelope Island State Park.  You will see a guard station there.

Travel a additional 7 miles on the causeway (going west) until you come to Antelope Island.

Take the first left on the island and travel another 2.5 miles and follow the signs until you arrive at Buffalo Point


The Trail:

Picnic area

Picnic area

The picnic area is the perfect place to eat lunch or dinner.  The wooden deck is raised off the ground and offers amazing views of both Bridger Bay and the White Rock bay areas.

There are bathrooms located to the north side of the picnic area and there are viewing scopes to the south of the picnic area


Picnic Area

Picnic Area

There are usually a few cars parked and you will most likely see other hikers.  The area was once home to a small grill where they would serve up buffalo and beef burgers, but now the restaurant has since moved to the Bridger Bay Beach area and Buffalo point is now a self guided tour and picnic area.


The Return:

Head back towards your car.


Personal Thoughts:

The views of the island make the drive to Buffalo Point worth it.  It is a pleasant area to sit and enjoy a meal and relax in a peaceful place.


OPTIONAL SIDE TREK

Buffalo Point Hike

Buffalo Point Hike – this is from Buffalo Point overlooking the bay

Buffalo Point Hike:

On the north end of the picnic area you will see a trail to the west of the bathrooms that leads to Buffalo Point.

The trail leads west for about .40 miles and you will come to the Buffalo Point.  There are a few side trails but the main path is very clear and easy to follow.

This is a great hike to do after or before you eat lunch and will provide even more amazing views of both the bays.

This Side Trek takes an additional 1/2 to 1 hour to complete.

Buffalo Point Summit:   41° 1.974’N, 112° 15.807’W

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Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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