Utah has 43 beautiful state parks that offer opportunities for fun and learning for individuals or families. We invite you to visit your favorite state park or choose one you haven't visited before. There is something for everyone including boating, golfing, camping, hiking, exploring, ATV riding, canoeing, taking photographs, and enjoying the natural beauty of red rock canyons or vast sand covered hills. Take time to get outside and experience the heritage, scenic and recreational state parks that exist for your enjoyment. Learn about the state's rich natural, cultural and historic treasures.
The Utah Parks app includes these awesome state parks:
Anasazi State Park MuseumThis ancient village in the heart of Utah's canyon country was one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan communities west of the Colorado River. Now called the Coombs Site, it is believed to have been occupied from AD 1160 to 1235 and may have housed as many as 200 people. Archeological excavations at the site have revealed more than 100 structures and have produced thousands of artifacts, some of which are on display in the museum. In addition to museum collections, visitors may also explore the Coombs Site, located directly behind the museum.
Anasazi State Park Museum offers a museum store, auditorium, and outdoor picnic areas. There are no overnight facilities available at the museum, but camping and lodging facilities are located nearby.
The museum also serves as an Information Center for the area and has information about the
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; GSENM permits are available here.
Antelope Island State ParkFire restrictions are now in place; No Campfires. However, you may use propane or charcoal for cooking.
Antelope Island State Park, the largest island in the Great Salt Lake, is home to a roaming herd of 500 bison. Pronghorn and bighorn sheep also share the rangelands that overlook the desert lake. Opportunities to view wildlife are available on backcountry trails, which are open to horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing. Please keep in mind that pets on leash are allowed on the island except on the Frary Peak trail. A visitor center offers information on the island's unique biology, geology and history.
Please be aware that, during the month of May and part of June (usually until the weather reaches 90 degrees), Antelope Island has biting gnats (or "no see'ums"). Wear a hat or light hoodie and protect your face and neck with bugspray. Insects on the causeway are midges that don't bite, and brine flies along the lake's edge are harmless.
Bear Lake State ParkBear Lake Silent Bid Boat Slip Auction Application
Bear Lake State Park is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains on the Utah-Idaho border. The cool, Caribbean-blue waters of Bear Lake are ideal for waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving, and sailing. Anglers enjoy year-round fishing for cutthroat, mackinaw, cisco, and whitefish. Bear Lake State Park offers three recreation areas: Rendezvous Beach, Bear Lake Marina, and East Beach. The park also hosts many annual events, such as a Mountain Man Rendezvous and Bear Lake Raspberry Days.
Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park MuseumBelieving Mormons were rebelling against the laws of the United States, President James Buchanan dispatched 3,500 troops, nearly one-third of the entire U.S. Army, to suppress the rumored rebellion in Utah. No rebellion or war ever took place in Utah. However, the army stayed to monitor the Mormons, explore the western frontier, and provide safety for immigrants moving west to California, Oregon, and Washington.
Camp Floyd, named in honor of Secretary of War John Floyd, was built by the army with the help of local citizens, providing a financial boost to the local economy. At their height, Camp Floyd was the largest military installation in the United States. The population of Camp Floyd and the town of Fairfield grew to 7,000, making it the third largest city in the Utah Territory.
In 1861, tensions between the north and south resulted in civil war. Troops were ordered back East for the emergency, including a "who's who" of would-be Civil War generals such as Johnston, Buford, Reynolds, and Heth. Nearly all the buildings erected by the army were dismantled or demolished before their departure. Today, the only remnants are the cemetery and the Commissary building.
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State ParkRippling arcs of rust-colored sand welcome you as you enter Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Contrasted by blue skies, juniper and pinion pines, and steep red cliffs, the park is a wonderful place for camping, photography, off-highway vehicle riding, and playing in the sand. As the only major sand dune field on the Colorado Plateau, this park is a unique geologic feature that should not be missed.
Dead Horse Point State ParkStroll along the Rim Walk, towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River. The mesa that is Dead Horse Point provides breathtaking views of the canyon country of southeastern Utah and the pinnacles and buttes of Canyonlands National Park.
The Legend of Dead Horse Point: Cowboys corralled wild mustangs on the Point, then chose the horses they wanted. One time, for some unknown reason, horses were left corralled on the waterless point where they died of thirst.
Deer Creek State ParkDeer Creek State Park lies in the southwest corner of beautiful Heber Valley and consistently provides some of Utah's finest year-round fishing. Beautiful Deer Creek reservoir is extremely popular for boating, wind surfing, sunbathing, swimming, and sailboating.
East Canyon State ParkEast Canyon State Park is a 680-acre boating and year-round fishing delight nestled in the mountains northeast of Salt Lake City. Although popular with water recreationists, East Canyon is also an attraction for history buffs. Nearby trails mark the steps of the Donner Party and the first Mormon settlers.
Edge of the Cedars State Park MuseumVisit Edge of the Cedars Pueblo, a village inhabited by the ancestors of contemporary Puebloan peoples from AD 825 to 1125, and climb down a ladder to enter the 1,000-year-old kiva. View the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners area. Enjoy programs for adults and children, including archaeology and art exhibitions, storytelling, craft workshops, and an annual Indian art market held on the first Saturday every May. Park facilities include a very short, paved interpretive trail around the ruin, landscaping with native plants and outdoor sculptures, and a picnic area (sorry, no camping).
Escalante Petrified Forest State ParkEscalante Petrified Forest State Park is located in beautiful southern Utah, just 44 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park. Hike along park nature trails through a petrified forest, camp along the shores of Wide Hollow Reservoir, or rent a canoe and paddle on its clear waters. At the Visitor Center, view displays of plant and marine fossils, petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones over 100 million years old.
Flight Park State Recreation AreaUtah State Parks and Recreation and the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (UHGPGA) are partnering to preserve this unique recreation area that is an excellent site for teaching and gathering experience for flyers of all levels. It is known worldwide as one of the best training sites for both paragliding and hang gliding. Flight Park State Recreation Area is being jointly managed by Utah State Parks and Recreation and the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Please visit the UHGPGA website for more information about flying safety and requirements.
Just west of the parking lot, there is also a modelport for RC airplanes and helicopters.
Please note: there is no overnight camping and no OHV (off-highway vehicle) use allowed anywhere in the area.
Fremont Indian State Park and MuseumDiscover artifacts, petroglyphs, and pictographs left behind by the Fremont Indians. During construction of Interstate 70, the largest known Fremont Indian village was uncovered. This museum preserves treasures from the site, including pottery, baskets, and arrowheads. Spend a day at the museum, and then camp at nearby Castle Rock Campground.
Frontier Homestead State Park MuseumFormerly known as
Iron Mission State Park Museum
As of Fall 2009, Iron Mission State Park Museum has officially adopted a new name ...
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum tells the story of development in Iron County when in the 1850s, Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries here to mine and process iron. Museum displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry - the town bell. In addition to the permanent collections, changing special exhibits highlight artists from the local region, as well as rarely seen artifacts from the museum's collections. Other items of interest include several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.
Goblin Valley State ParkWant to work with Goblins?
We have seasonal employment opportunities.
The vast landscape of sandstone goblins may have visitors wondering if they're on Mars or in Utah. The movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery. Scores of intricately eroded creatures greet visitors to Goblin Valley. Hike among these rock formations and discover numerous haunting coves. Adjacent to the park, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts will find hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore.
Goosenecks State ParkGaze at the results of 300 million years of time, where the San Juan River winds its way through the desert 1,000 feet below. Goosenecks State Park offers spectacular views of this amazing and rare geologic formation, known as an entrenched meander. Over a distance of one and a half miles, the San Juan flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander. Goosenecks State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. You'll love the views for photography and the expansive night sky for stargazing. Please note: No drinking water is available. No trails; no river access.
Great Salt Lake State MarinaBoat Slip Lease Agreement
Credit Card Payment Form (for boat slips and dry storage)
Great Salt Lake State Marina offers spectacular views of sunsets over the Great Salt Lake, a search and rescue operations center, and provides marina access for sailors, sculling enthusiasts, other boaters, and bird watchers. A remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville, the Great Salt Lake covers more than 2,000 square miles and is two to seven times saltier than the ocean. The lake attracts more than 257 species of birds, depending on the season, and is a major stop for millions of migratory birds.
Green River State ParkWarning - Road Closure: Mineral Bottom Road is closed until further notice due to a massive washout.
The road is not passable.
Your alternatives are: takeout at Ruby Ranch (for a fee), or take out at Spring Canyon, or contact an outfitter to pick you up at the confluence with a jet boat.
Additional information and photos.
Forupdated information about these roads/areas, please call the Moab BLM office at (435) 259-2100.
Rest under a canopy of cottonwood trees or accept the challenge of a nine-hole golf course on the banks of the Green River. Annual events include the 184-mile Friendship Cruise and Melon Days.
The park is also a popularstarting point for boaters adventuring through Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons. There is information about Labyrinth Canyonthat you should know if you're planning a float trip; you will also need the
Labyrinth Canyon Non-commercial River Trip Permit.
Gunlock State ParkIn scenic red rock country, lies Gunlock Reservoir where year-round boating, water sports and quality fishing for bass and catfish attract visitors. A mild winter climate makes Gunlock State Park a year-round destination.
Historic Union Pacific Rail TrailThe Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is a 28-mile non-motorized trail. One end of the trail begins in Park City and follows Interstate 80 through Wanship and Coalville to Echo Reservoir, the other end of the trail. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, Nordic skiing and wildlife watching. The Rail Trail is managed by the Mountain Trails Foundation.
Huntington State ParkCinnamon-colored buttes provide a backdrop for this quiet desert oasis. Popular with locals, this warm-water reservoir is ideal for waterskiing, fishing, and crawdad catching. Huntington is a great weekend destination or a perfect picnic spot.
Hyrum State ParkTucked away in Cache County, Hyrum State Park offers many recreation opportunities including fishing, boating, and camping. Surrounded by tall, shady trees, Hyrum provides an excellent place for an afternoon picnic, or spend the whole weekend trolling on the lake catching yellow perch, rainbow trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass.
Jordan River OHV CenterAs of April 6, 2010, we no longer own or operate the modelport. Utah State Park annual passes are no longer valid at the modelport. For questions concerning the future of the modelport, please call Salt Lake City Parks at 801-972-7800.
Four separate tracks, with tabletops and banked turns, are open from approximately early April to approximately mid-October. Off-Highway motorcycle (OHM) riders will enjoy two motocross (MX) tracks. The novice and grand-prix tracks are open to both OHMs and ATVs.
All riders must wear a helmet and all machines must be currently registered. Before riding here, or on any public land, youth from 8-16 years old (and until they get a driver license) must take and pass the state-required youth off-highway vehicle (OHV) education program; children under the age of eight may not operate an OHV on public land in Utah. Youth must carry their safety certificate while riding.
Jordanelle State Park- Boat Slip Acquisition Process
- For slip draw results, please call Jordanelle at 435-649-9540.
- Slip Waiting List Information:
Beginning April 12, 2010 at 9:00 a.m., any person 18 years of age or older can be placed on the waiting list by submitting their application and required fee in person or by mail to the Jordanelle State Park office. A non-refundable fee of $50 will be charged per waiting list applicant for the two year time period. All waiting lists will expire October 31, 2011. If a slip becomes available, the $50 fee will be applied towards the lease payment.
- Boat Slip Waiting List Application
Jordanelle State Park is located in a picturesque mountain setting near Heber City. The park offers an array of recreation opportunities near the Wasatch Front. Camping, boating, swimming, fishing, and hiking are some of the activities to do at this very popular park. The park offers two recreation areas, Hailstone and Rock Cliff.
Hailstone is a large developed campground and day-use area on the west side of the reservoir, and is a favorite location of boaters and RV campers. Many of our campsites offer water and electric hook-ups.
Our Event Center is located near the park entrance.Perched on a hill with a spectacular sweeping view of the reservoir, it'sthe perfect venue for weddings, reunions and meetings!
Rock Cliff Recreation Area is located on the southeast corner of the reservoir and offers visitors a quieter experience. Nestled in the tall cottonwoods on the Upper Provo River, Rock Cliff offers camping, a nature center and a boardwalk. These campgrounds are walk-in and dogs are not allowed.
Kodachrome Basin State ParkSixty-seven monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.
Millsite State ParkCamp in the quiet campground, and boat and fish on the blue waters of Millsite Reservoir. Play 18 holes on a nearby golf course or bring off-highway vehicles and mountain bikes to enjoy miles of trails in nearby Ferron Canyon.
Otter Creek State ParkThis quiet getaway is a great destination for ATV riders, boaters, and birders. Access three ATV trails, including Paiute, directly from the park. Lure a record catch from Otter Creek Reservoir, a prime fishery. Go birding during spring and fall as many bird species through the park on their journey along the Pacific Migratory Bird Flyway.
Palisade State ParkPlay 18-holes of golf, paddle or troll on Palisade Reservoir, then set up the perfect campsite. This park offers something for everyone, from its desert canyon golf course, RV and tent camping, to access for off-highway vehicle riding in nearby Six-Mile Canyon.
Piute State ParkResting on cliffs of the Sevier Plateau, Piute Reservoir attracts anglers who enjoy trophy fishing for rainbow, cutthroat, and brown trout. This primitive park is a quiet getaway and a well-kept secret.
Quail Creek State ParkBoasting some of the warmest waters in the state and a mild winter climate, Quail Creek Reservoir lures boaters and anglers year-round. Spend a day on the water or visit a nearby state or national park, then retire to a campsite in a spectacular red rock desert setting.
Red Fleet State ParkHike to 200-million-year-old dinosaur tracks, boat and fish on Red Fleet Reservoir, and camp or picnic in a campground overlooking a sandstone and desert landscape. In the heart of Dinosaurland, Red Fleet is a destination in itself and great location for discovery of the area.
Rockport State ParkFind first-rate, year-round recreation at this northern Utah destination. During summer, fish, boat, and waterski on Rockport Reservoir. Tent or RV camp in one of five developed and primitive campgrounds. During winter, ice fish and access nearby snowmobile trails.
Sand Hollow State ParkInvasive mussels have been found in Sand Hollow Reservoir. If you have had a boat/trailer or any gear in the water at Sand Hollow anytime in the last 30 days, you are legally required to Decontaminate your equipment before going to any other body of water. Decontamination is free of charge through the Division of Wildlife Resources. Please educate yourself on these mussels and help prevent spreading them to other water bodies.
With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah's newest state park is also one of its most popular. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain on an off-highway vehicle, then RV or tent camp in the new campground.
Scofield State ParkCamp, boat, and fish at this summer and winter recreation destination situated high in the Manti-LaSal Mountains. During winter, ice fish, snowmobile, and cross-country ski in a spectacular mountain setting. Three separate areas offer amenities for day and overnight use.
Snow Canyon State ParkNotice: Road Closures and Delays
Monday, October 4: West Canyon Road and the southern portion of the Whiptail Trail will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. to accommodate the Senior Games 10K Road Race. You may experience slight delays along Snow Canyon Drive as runners cross the roadway at the south entrance station. The campground will not be impacted.
Tuesday, October 5: Snow Canyon Drive through the park will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to accommodate the Senior Games Cycling Hill Climb. You will need to leave the campground by 7:45 a.m., otherwise you will not be allowed to exit the campground until after 2:00 p.m.
Friday, October 8: Snow Canyon Drive through the park will be closed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to accommodate the Senior Games Cycling Road Race. You will need to leave the campground by 9:15 a.m., otherwise you will not be allowed to exit the campground and access Snow Canyon Drive
until after 12:30 p.m.
Contrary to its name, winter visitors will rarely find any "white stuff" at this 7,400-acre desert park. Named after Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, early Utah leaders, Snow Canyon offers 16 miles of hiking trails, technical rock climbing, horseback riding, year-round camping, nature studies, wildlife viewing, and photographic opportunities galore. All of this is set against a stunning backdrop of towering sandstone cliffs in red and white, and peaks and valleys of jumbled black lava rock interspersed with serpentine sandy washes.
Starvation State ParkThe sprawling waters of Starvation Reservoir offer great fishing and boating. Find a secluded campsite at one of four primitive campgrounds and one developed campground. Bring your off-highway vehicle and ride on nearby trails.
Steinaker State ParkFish for rainbow trout and largemouth bass, and enjoy sandy beaches, swim, boat, and waterski at Steinaker Reservoir. Select a secluded campsite overlooking the water and under the skies of Dinosaurland.
Territorial Statehouse State Park MuseumTerritorial Statehouse in Fillmore is Utah's oldest existing governmental building. In anticipation of Utah's statehood, early pioneer Brigham Young directed construction of the building as the state's capitol. Only the south wing was ever completed. The existing portion was finished in time for the December 1855 meeting of the Territorial Legislature, which was the only full session held in the old statehouse. In December 1858, the seat of government was returned to Salt Lake City.
Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum offers a museum store, and auditorium. Also, an All-American Rose Society Garden and picnic area adjoin the museum. Two restored pioneer cabins and an 1867 stone schoolhouse are also located on the grounds. Camping and lodging facilities are located nearby.
This Is The Place Heritage ParkExperience the daily life of 19th Century pioneers in the Intermountain West. Costumed docents and historical interpreters staff more than 40 pioneer-era homes and shops in Heritage Village, where you'll see craft/trade demonstrations and experience a wide range of "hands-on" educational and entertaining activities.
Children will enjoy pony rides, a petting corral, Pioneer Playground, a mini-train ride and take-home crafts. Parents and kids alike can ride the larger replica trains, explore the Native American village or visit Brigham Young's original farm house. Food, drinks and treats are available at the Monument Cafe, Huntsman Hotel and Z.C.M.I. general store.
Utah Field House of Natural History State Park MuseumSo much time is revealed here, even more geologic time than in the Grand Canyon. Within an 80-mile radius of Vernal, evidence of the entire Earth's history is visible. At its center is the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum. The new museum is located two blocks east of the old Field House, a 22,000-square foot structure to preserve and reveal the wealth of prehistory found within the Uinta Basin.
Outside the museum, and providing the greatest appeal to passing visitors, is the Dinosaur Garden, a prehistoric zoo of full-size replicas ranging in age from Pennsylvanian through Pleistocene. The garden includes a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus with six-inch, knife-like teeth, a horned Triceratops, six-ton Stegosaurus, winged Pteranodon and other full-size prehistoric animal replicas.
Utah Lake State ParkUtah's largest freshwater lake provides fishing access for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass, and several species of panfish. Spend an evening RV or tent camping, then powerboat, canoe, or sail the day away on Utah Lake.
Wasatch Mountain State ParkYear-round adventure awaits - golf, hike, bike, camp, horseback ride, snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe at Wasatch Mountain. During warmer months, reserve a tee time at the popular Lake and Mountain golf courses. In winter, ski or snowmobile through the alpine terrain.
Willard Bay State ParkBoat, swim, waterski, and fish on the warm waters of Willard Bay. Camp under tall cottonwood trees that frame the night sky. During winter months, Willard Bay is a wildlife watching area for nesting eagles. Two areas, North and South Marinas, offer all the amenities for a weekend at the Bay.
Willard Bay North Marina
Select a day-use cabana on the beach, launch your boat, and pick the perfect campsite with full hookups at the North Marina.
Willard Bay South Marina
This boat launching and camping area offers modern facilities for overnight and day-use.
Yuba State ParkThe sprawling waters of Yuba State Park provide a variety of recreation opportunities for visitors. Warm water and sandy beaches, along with nearby off-highway vehicle riding areas, lure visitors during summer months. Yuba is one of the few state parks with boat-in camping and is very popular with water recreationists.
Sequoia Motorsports is the park concessionaire.They offer boat, personal watercraft and off-highway vehicle rentals right at the park. Theyhave also opened a store that offers basic camping and boating supplies. While you are there, enjoy one of their juicy hamburgers and homemade fries! Call them at 801-423-9118 or visit their websiteat sequoiamotorsports.com.
Yuba is divided into five recreation areas:
Oasis campground is a developed campground with twenty-eight individual campsites for tents and RV's. A group campsite with pavilion is available for large groups up to 75 people. This park areahas modern restrooms, showers, drinking water, lawns, shade trees, concessionaire, boat ramp, day use pavilion, beach, and park headquarters.
North Beach is a primitive camping area with sandy beaches where camping and day use is permitted at the waters edge. Picnic tables and metal fire rings are provided.
West Beach is a primitive camping area with gravel and sandy beaches where camping and day use is permitted at the waters edge. Picnic tables and metal fire rings are provided.
Eagle View: (formerly called East Beach)
Eagle View is a boat access only area with 20 campsites for tent camping only. Sites 1, 2, 3, 7, and 13 come with a boat dock. Each site comes with a shade canopy, tent pad, picnic table, and food prep table. The beach for this area is a very nice sandy beach. A section of this beach is for day use only. Picnic tables are provided in this area.
Painted Rocks is a semi developed campground with forty-one campsites for tents and RV's. A group campsite with pavilion is available for large groups up to 150 people. This park area has shade canopies in the sites, drinking water, RV dump, boat ramp, and beach.