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Utah Bucket List: Annual bison roundup offers modern cowboys a ride on the wild side



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For Amanda Reylence, who originally is from England, the bison roundup was the draw to visit the biggest island on the Great Salt Lake. And while the ride greatly exceeded her expectations, it was other wonders of the adventure that especially pleased her.

"When we got near the bulls, they were fighting and getting aggressive," Reylence said. "They were so big and there was all this grunting and groaning. It was absolutely fantastic and breathtaking. The whole experience of looking at the bay and the mountains. People came from all over America. It was just lovely. I will do it again."

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The annual Antelope Island Bison Roundup

The 27th annual Antelope Island Bison Roundup is Oct. 25-27. You can register online starting Sept. 2. > antelopeisland.utah.gov

The cost is $35 per person to ride and $15 per night to camp on the island. People without horses can participate by making reservations for a horse with R&G Horse and Wagon by calling 888-878-8002.

Riders must attend a safety meeting Oct. 25; the ride will be held Oct. 26. Most of the riding is completed the first day. The actual moving of the bison typically is handled by professional riders. The bison are wild and can be dangerous. Park officials advise all visitors to keep a safe distance from bison.

O Online » See a video of the Antelope Island Bison Roundup. > sltrib.com

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Experiences and responses like that are what got the bison roundup on The Utah Bucket List and why park officials will strive to keep it an active public event.

"This is one of the few things Utah State Parks does on its own," Shaw said. "Most times we are just a venue for somebody else to put on an event. We really love it and plan to keep it this way. We want to maintain that unique experience for the public to be able to come and be an active part of Antelope Island."

brettp@sltrib.com

Twitter: @BrettPrettyman




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