January 15, 2016 at 11:36 pm ·

Antelope Island Day Trip

Antelope Island  & Cracker Barrel Day Trip

Antelope Island, with an area of 42 square miles, is the largest island of 10 islands located within the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States. The island lies in the southeastern portion of the lake, near Salt Lake City and Davis County, and becomes a peninsula when the lake is at extremely low levels.

The first known non-natives to visit the island, “we rode on horseback over salt from the thickness of a wafer to twelve inches”, were John C. Fremont and Kit Carson during exploration of the Great Salt Lake in 1845, who “were informed by the Indians that there was an abundance of fresh water on it and plenty of antelope”.It is said they shot a pronghorn antelope on the island and in gratitude for the meat they named it Antelope Island.

Antelope Island has natural scenic beauty and holds populations of pronghorn, bighorn sheep, American bison, porcupine, badger, coyote, bobcat, and millions of waterfowl. The bison were introduced to the island in 1893, and Antelope Island Bison Herd has proven to be a valuable genetic pool for bison breeding and conservation purposes. The bison do well because much of the island is covered by dry, native grassland.

Where the Buffalo Roam (and the Grandfriends all play!)

Antelope Island

Resting Male Bison

Antelope Island

Our Bus! She’s always on the go!

Antelope Island

At the Cracker Barrel

Antelope Island

Antelope Island is surrounded by the Great Salt Lake. The lake is extremely salty, with salt levels reaching as much as 25% of the lake, by volume, so Great Salt Lake does not support fish, but does support large numbers of brine shrimp which provide food for visiting waterfowl. Because of the high salinity, the island is mostly without readily available fresh water.

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

It’s hard to see but there were coyotes playing on the beaches!

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Antelope Island on the Great Salt Lake

Antelope Island

Sunflowers on the Island

Antelope Island

Polly Resting in the shade

Garr Ranch

The Fielding Garr Ranch is a ranch located on the southeastern portion of Antelope Island State Park in the Great Salt Lake, Utah, United States and is part of the Utah State Parks system.

The Fielding Garr Ranch is located at Garr Springs which is one of the strongest and most consistent springs of the 40 known springs on Antelope Island, though even this spring has shown some signs of drying up in recent years. The ranch is one of the oldest working ranching operations in the Western United States. The ranch was initially established in 1848, the year after the first Mormon pioneers came into the Salt Lake Valley.

Fielding Garr, a widower with nine children, was sent by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) to live on Antelope Island and establish a ranch to manage the church’s Tithing Herds of cattle and sheep. The first building was an adobe house, built in 1848, and it is still in existence as the oldest building in Utah, built by pioneers of European descent, that still remains on its original foundation. The adobe ranch house was continuously inhabited thereafter until 1981 when the State of Utah prepared to set up Antelope Island as a Utah State Park. At various times other people tried to live on the island, but the harsh conditions, isolation and a lack of fresh water made it very difficult.

Antelope Island

Baby Buffalo!

Antelope Island

Polly will round them up!

If you have never visited this amazing place, take a day and go check it out. You won’t be sorry!


Contact Information
Antelope Island State Park
4528 West 1700 South
Syracuse, UT 84075
(801) 773-2941 Entrance Gate
(801) 725-9263 Visitor Center

Seasons/Open Hours
Open year-round
July – Mid-September – 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Mid-September – October 1 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
October 2 – Mid-November – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Mid-November – February – 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
March 1 – May 1 – 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
May 2 – June – 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

Visitor Center and Fielding Garr Ranch Hours:
April 15 to September 14 – 9 am to 6 pm
September 15 to April 14 – 9am to 5 pm

Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving and Christmas

Entrance Fees
$10 Day-Use per vehicle
$5 Day-Use for Utah senior residents
$3 Cyclists and Pedestrians

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November 3, 2015 at 7:08 pm ·

Canoeing & Cookout

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We LOVE canoeing! Here are a few pics from our latest “Canoe & Cookout” We took a couple Grandfriends who had never been canoeing in their lives! You really are never too old to try new things! (Also, she is 94 years young)

This area is called Benson Marina and it is on the Bear River

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September 15, 2015 at 2:05 am ·

Yellowstone Month Recap!

We had such an amazing month in August. We were so happy to see all our Grandfriends enjoy activities, meals, treats, cookouts, lectures, etc all about Yellowstone and camping. It was wonderful to see everyone so happy!Yellowstone-National-Park (12yellowstone-national-park (1)3 yellowstone-national-park-waterfalls-

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   Camp Cards!

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Williamsburg University:Yellowstone at Williamsburg and then an educational presentation and picnic at the Stokes Nature Park! 

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11887834_988949824469741_257138673585804089_n11885086_988949847803072_6703338978156979776_n                     Campfire Sing Alongs. Thank you Amy for turning our Sing Alongs into fun a fun camper version!  The smores added a perfect touch!

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Welcome to Yellowstone & Camp Williamsburg 3 Day Campout, Cookout, Dinner Weekend! We appreciate All the Grandfriends, Friends, Family, and Staff that made our 3 day event a perfect success! 

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So much fun, creating a fantastic experience! If we couldn’t go to Yellowstone we were going to bring the experience here! It was so much fun! It was so amazing to see all the Grandfriends having fun, and even seeing a special Geyser named after them!

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  Happy Trails to You!yellowstone-national-park

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July 7, 2015 at 11:15 pm ·

Apple Creek Amish Store

WE LOVE SHOPPING AT THE “AMISH STORE”! Don’t forget to drive another few blocks to see all the elk!

At Apple Creek in Willard, owners Greg and Rachelle Arlint stock Amish products including furniture and household goods in addition to grocery items.

“I grew up among the Amish in St. Ignatius, Montana and in the grocery business,” Greg stated. “My Amish neighbor has a store similar to Apple Creek so using my grocery background and our Amish connections we started Apple Creek on October 8, 2012.”

From handmade clocks, quilts and porch swings to jar goods, dried fruits and hard candy, it’s easy to spend time exploring this 9,000-square-foot grocery store.

Before leaving, order a fresh-made sandwich from the deli in the back.

“We want to be a pleasant change from the often-hectic shopping experience,” he said. “We want our customers to enjoy an old-fashioned atmosphere and unique products.”

Credit: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/lifestyle/56852186-80/cake-farm-amish-grocery.html.csp

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Mon 10:00 am7:00 pm
Tue 10:00 am7:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am7:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am7:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am7:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am7:00 pm
Sun Closed
  • 875 N Main St
    Willard, UT 84340
  • Phone number (435) 723-1650

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June 16, 2015 at 12:12 am ·

These are a few of our favorite things…. From the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium!

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium located in Draper, Utah is home to 2500 animals representing 450 species. The public aquarium consists of four main exhibits: Discover Utah, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, and Antarctic Adventure.

The aquarium grew out of an initiative by Brent Andersen, a marine biologist in 1999 when two vans were outfitted with educational exhibits and began visiting Utah schools. In June 2004, The Living Planet Aquarium Preview Exhibit opened in The Gateway Mall, then moved to Sandy, Utah in 2006, and then to Draper, Utah to accommodate growing crowds and expanding exhibits.The Sandy location is closed, and the new location opened on March 25, 2014

This pirana is happy to see you! 

Cheese Fish

He said, he doesn’t sell car insurance! LOL


Glow Fish

 Jelly Fish 1 

Lion Fish

Japan Fish

Jelly Fish 3

Moon Jellies 1

moon Jellies 2


Nemo 2

He’s ready for his close-up!Fish 1



Polka Dot

Sea Horses 2


We found Nemo!Fish School 2


Tank 2


Tank 1

What are you looking at



Toad 2

The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is

OPEN daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm!

For more information call: (801)355-FISH(3474)

General Admission

Adults: $17.95
Students 13-17, Seniors, and military: $14.95
Children 3-12: $12.95
2 and under: FREE

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