Trail

Buffalo Point Trail

Syracuse, UT
Length: 1.30 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Buffalo Point is a fantastic trail for kids of all ages. It’s one of the shortest hikes on Antelope Island and offers panoramic views of the Great Salt Lake. The trail is only 1.3 miles roundtrip and totally doable for preschoolers and up. Brand new walkers will likely fare better if they are worn in baby carriers because there is some gravel that can be slippery in spots and the trail can be uneven. Once you get to the top, the trail widens and splits off in many sections and meanders around big boulders that are awesome for climbing. Some have little caves hidden inside that are the perfect size for kids. Lucky hikers may see a lizard sunning itself on rocks or you may see a bison, antelope, or mule deer off in the distance too.

There are vault toilets at the trailhead along with a wide, open deck that has picnic tables and allows visitors to see a beautiful vista without actually hiking the trail.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Lake, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Panoramic Views of the Great Salt Lake.
Wonderfully craggy boulders for kids to climb and explore.
The trail can have slippery gravel in some spots.
Best hiked in fall, winter, and spring. Summer is least desirable due to biting flies and gnats that can swarm.
Bison roam freely on the island, and it’s highly advised to keep your distance. We’ve never seen one physically at Buffalo Point, but it’s always a possibility.
Buffalo Point is a great place to view an epic sunset and do some stargazing if you’re there after dark, it’s a certified International Dark Sky Park.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $10.00

$10 per car to enter Antelope Island State Park. The fee includes access to the visitor’s center when it’s open plus the ability to explore the whole island.

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.

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