Northern Utah park to run wild with cowboy spirit

October 8, 2013 by  

Residents of Cottonwood Heights and other Wasatch Front communities are invited to participate in a cowboy-style tradition at one of northern Utah’s state parks.

Later this month, the Bison Roundup will be taking place on Antelope Island for the 27th straight year. Postcard printing may be on the increase as the landmark’s gift shop prepares for large crowds to enter its doors.

The park is home to hundreds of American bison. Every fall, members of the public volunteer to assist in moving the animals from one area of the island to another. All herders ride on horseback. This year, they will be divided into groups. One team will be at the front of the action, making direct contact with the wild oxen; the other will remain further back to keep the bison from straying. The park’s trail patrol and members of the Sheriffs’ Posse will lead the way.

Individuals and families not taking part in the roundup will be welcome to come to Antelope Island as spectators. They will be free to sit in their cars or stand in designated areas and watch the process unfold.

Herders will be able to spend the night at the island’s Fielding Garr Ranch, while the park’s other campgrounds will be available to non-participants.

The roundup is scheduled for Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. Those interested in riding may register by calling (801) 773-2941. Participants will need to bring their own horses or make rental arrangements in advance.

The park is located at 4528 West 1700 South in Syracuse, just northwest of the Salt Lake Valley.