A Real Western Experience: Antelope Island’s Bison Roundup

by jessicam

Each fall, a true Western experience can be had at Antelope Island State Park as hundreds of horseback riders round up nearly 700 bison from around the Island during the annual Bison Roundup.

Bison Roundup at Antelope Island

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Allen Stokes

Map of Antelope Island's Viewing Areas for Bison Roundup


The Roundup ensures the continued health of one of the nation’s largest and oldest public bison herds. Once the bison are gathered, they receive health screenings and vaccinations. This is truly a spectacle for any to witness! The 2019 Bison Roundup will be held October 26, 2019.


Visitors can assist as riders who round up and push the bison into small herds and then drive them into holding corrals. Those who would prefer to enjoy from a distance can watch the event from viewing areas around the island (pictured left). Riders will begin at the Fielding Garr Ranch at 9 a.m. and move the herd north. 


Beginning at 10:30 a.m., there will be food for purchase (cash only), educational information and activities near the corrals. The final push of the bison into the corrals is a crowd favorite and can be witnessed from White Rock Bay. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. 

Men on horses roundup herd of bison at Antelope Island

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Dillon

What happens after the Roundup?

The bison are left to rest in the corrals for a few days. This resting period reduces the animals’ stress levels and allows them to relax, making them more cooperative during the second phase called, Working of the Bison (October 31, November 1 – 2, 2019). This is where the bison get their vaccines, health check, and some are selected to go to auction. Visitors are welcome to come to this event as well. Free public tours will be available all three days.