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Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake and accessed via a 7.5 mile causeway. From the mainland, its 28,022 acres appear barren and deserted. But it is home to pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyotes, bobcats, upland game birds, waterfowl, bison and some of the most beautiful sunsets around. Antelope Island also features a visitor center that is open year-round, 18 miles of trails open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding and the Fielding Garr historic ranch house. Facilities include RV and primitive camping, a beach picnic area, showers, restrooms, and marina. For information call: (801)773-2941


Bear Lake State Park
Bear Lake is nestled high in the Rocky Mountains on the Utah-Idaho border. Waterskiing, swimming, scuba diving and sailing are favorite activities. Fishing is for cutthroat, mackinaw and whitefish. In the winter snowmobilers and ice anglers are drawn to the area. Bear Lake is famous for its annual January cisco run. Three state-owned facilities provide boating, camping and picnicking. Bear Lake Marina is on U.S. Highway 89, two miles north of Garden City. The marina to this freshwater lake provides a sheltered harbor, 80-foot wide, 5-lane, concrete launching ramp, 305 boat slips, marina sanitary disposal station, 13 campsites, group pavilion, modern rest rooms, hot showers and visitor center. Year round fishing is a popular activity. A concessionaire provides boat rentals, gasoline, fishing/boating supplies and fast-food grill. Bear Lake Rendezvous Beach is on the south shore near Laketown on State Route 30. It extends for 1.25 miles and offers 138 campsites, modern rest rooms, hot showers and utility hookups. A wide, sandy beach provides excellent camping, picnicking and small watercraft activity. Rendezvous Beach is a popular area for groups and family reunions and the site of an annual Mountain Man Rendezvous. A local concessionaire provides small boat rentals. For information call: (435)946-3343


Edge of the Cedars State Park
Edge of The Cedars State Park is the site of a pre-Colombian Pueblo Indian ruin and a modern museum, which is the regional archaeological repository for southeast Utah. Remains of the Ancestral Pueblo Indian Village with its unique architectural structures is a testament to the Indian civilization that once flourished in southeastern Utah. Edge of the Cedars museum houses an excellent collection of Anasazi pottery and other exceptional ancient Indian artifacts. Additional exhibits display cultural materials and information about Navajo and Utah Indians. Edge of the Cedars State Park is located in Blanding. A picnic area is available, but there is no camping. For information call: (435) 678-2238


Utah Field House of Natural History State Park
Step back in time as you walk through the dinosaur garden. Look up to a full-size replica of a 20-foot tall Tyrannosaurus with six-inch knife-like teeth or look down on a ferocious four-foot meat-eating Coelophysis. Seventeen life-size prehistoric animal replicas line the garden paths. Ancient fossil skeletal reproductions, archaeological and geological exhibits, fluorescent minerals and other natural history aspects of the Uinta Mountains and Uinta Basin are featured in the Utah Field House of Natural History museum. The museum and dinosaur garden are in the heart of Dinosaurland in Vernal. A picnic area is located behind the museum. Camping is available at nearby Steinaker and Red Fleet state parks. For information call: (435) 789-3799


Wasatch Mountain State Park
Wasatch Mountain State Park, in beautiful Heber Valley, is Utah's most developed state park. Tucked away in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, the park is both a summer and winter wonderland. One of Utah's finest 27-hole golf courses is found here. There also is camping, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding. Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are popular winter activities. And the park is just minutes away from the winter and summer destination resort of Park City, and Heber City and Midway. Park facilities include 139 camping/picnicking areas, two group-use pavilions, modern rest rooms, hot showers and utility hookups. The chalet, a ranch-style building complete with kitchen facilities, is available for summer and winter group outings. Little Deer Creek campground is an excellent area for summer group parties and reunions. Camping is closed during winter months. For information call: (435) 654-1791


Camping and Hiking in Utah

Goblin Valley State Park
Scores of intricately eroded creatures greet visitors to Goblin Valley. Hike among intricately eroded rock formations in haunting coves in this photographers' paradise. Adjacent tot he park, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts will find hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore. Goblin Valley State Park is in Emery County between Green River and Hanksville off State Route 24. Facilities include a 21-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers for campers, sanitary disposal station and visitor observation shelter. For information call: (435)564-3633


Arches National Park
The world's largest concentration of natural stone arches is found in Arches National Park. Over 2,000 of these miracles of nature grace the 73,000-acre area. A 40-mile round-trip paved road in the park leads to the major sights, including Balanced Rock, Skyline Arch, Double Arch and the Fiery Furnace. In summer, rangers lead guided walks into the Fiery Furnace; reservations are required and may be made at the visitor center. Other guided walks and campfire programs are offered daily. The hike to the famed Delicate Arch is 3 miles round trip and can also be seen from a newly constructed viewpoint. Two trails in the vicinity of this viewpoint offer different views of Delicate Arch. Elsewhere in the park, trails guide visitors to several other arches. Water is available seasonally in the year-round campground. For information call: (435)259-8161


Canyonlands National Park
Views thousand of feet down tot he Green and Colorado Rivers, or thousands of feet up to red rock pinnacles, cliffs and spires create the incredible beauty of Utah's largest national park. The two rivers have sliced Canyonlands Nation Park into three districts, each named according to its distinctive landscape; Island in the Sky, Needles and The Maze. This rugged national park is world-renowned for its four-wheel driving, mountain biking, whitewater rafting and hiking. Major entrances to the park are accessible for US 191, 35 miles northwest of Moab and 22 miles north of Monticello. Visitor centers are open year-round with reduced hours in winter. A reservation office open Monday-Friday accepts reservations for backpacking permits, four-wheel drive campsites, same day use in the Needles District and group campsites. For information call: (435)259-7164


Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park splashes color for 75 miles from its northern to southern boundaries. A geologic uplift of rainbow-hued sandstone, most of Capitol Reef is an inviting wilderness of spires, formations and cliffs, such as Capitol Dome, Hickman Bridge, the Waterpocket Fold and splendid Cathedral Valley. In the midst of Capitol Reef's red rocks and ancient petroglyph panels are large orchards, where fruit may be picked in season, and the remnants of Fruita, an early pioneer settlement. The visitor center is open year-round. Several fairly easy hiking trails and the 25-mile Scenic Drive lead form the vicinity of the visitor center. Cathedral Valley and other backcountry areas may be reached via high-clearance dirt roads. For information call: (435)425-3791


Uinta National Forest
Stretching across the entire northern breadth of Dinosaurland, the Uintas are geologically unique as the highest mountain range in Utah. And other than the Brooks Range in Alaska, the Uintas are the most prominent east-west range in the United States. Their precambrian rocks are over 600 million years old and have been elevated by tremendous pressure to form nearly vertical faults. The elevation of the Uintas ranges from 8,000 feet to 13,512 feet at Kings Peak, Utah's highest. Ridges divide the area into large scenic basins interspersed with glacial moraine, lakes and drifts. The basins are in spectacular contrast to the abrupt ridges which may rise several thousand feet above them. The High Uintas Wilderness, established in 1984, offers hikers unsurpassed opportunities to enjoy the magnificent scenery, fishing and wildlife viewing of the high peaks region. This designated wilderness, like all wilderness areas is closed to mountain bikers. The headwaters of Utah's mouth important rivers are located in the Uinta Mountains. Duchesne County alone has over 500 lakes and more than 400 miles of mountain streams. The eastern end of the Uintas consists of a number of wide valleys that traverse the crest of the range all the way to the Colorado River.


Hunting and Fishing in Utah

Escalante State Park
Escalante State Park features colorful deposits of mineralized wood and dinosaur bones. The 130-acre Wide Hollow Reservoir on the park's boundary adds water recreation and fishing. OHV riding areas are close by. The park is located 1.5 miles from the quiet western town of Escalante off State Route 12. Facilities include a visitor center, 22-unit campground, modern rest rooms with showers, sanitary disposal station and interpretive trail. For information call: (435)826-4466


Green River State Park
Green River State Park is an oasis on the bank of the Green River where tall cottonwood trees shade well-manicured lawns. The park is a favorite embarkation point for river trips through Labyrinth and Stillwater canyons and is a good base for seeing much of southeastern Utah. Within a two-hour drive are Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef national parks; Dead Horse Point and Goblin Valley state parks; Lake Powell (great fishing to be found); the San Rafael Reef; and Horseshoe Canyon. The park is the beginning point for the annual 180-mile Friendship Cruise. Green River State Park is just off Interstate 70 in Green River City. Facilities include a 42-unit campground, hot showers, modern rest rooms, group-use pavilion, amphitheater for interpretive programs and boat launching ramp. A new nine-hole golf course with its meandering fairways, lakes and traps is challenging and fun for all levels of golfers. For information call: (435)564-3633


Lost Creek State Park
Located in the mountains of northern Utah, Lost Creek is a 365-surface-acre reservoir perfect for boating, fishing and water sports. The park is 10 miles northeast of Croyden. Facilities include boat launching ramp, primitive camping, pit privies and trash removal. Check road conditions before visiting park in winter. For information call: (801)829-6866


Utah Lake State Park
At Utah Lake you can fish year-round for channel catfish, walleye, white bass, black bass and several different species of panfish in Utah's largest fresh water lake. The state park provides major access to the 96,600-acre lake for powerboating, sailboating, canoeing or kayaking. An olympic-sized ice rink hosts ice skaters from November through March. For information call: (801)375-0731


Yuba State Park
Warm water and sandy beaches lure visitors to Yuba from April through November for boating, swimming, waterskiing, picnicking and year-round fishing. Fishing is for walleye and yellow perch. The area is open to waterfowl hunting during the designated season. Yuba State Park is 30 miles south of Nephi, just off Interstate 15. Facilities include a 27-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers, drinking water, sewage disposal station, group-use pavilion and boat launching ramp. An additional boat launching ramp and primitive campground are located on the east side of the reservoir at Painted Rocks, 15 miles south of Levan just off Highway 28. For information call: (435)758-2611


Wasatch-Cache National Forest
The Wasatch-Cache National Forest encompasses Utah's Wasactch Mountains. Scenic highways provide easy access to most of the forests attractions. One popular drive is the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway which travels from Kamas to Evanston, Wyoming. Along the way, campgrounds and picnic areas provide a scenic environment for lunch breaks or camping. Clear blue mountain lakes and rivers accessible from the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway promise excellent fishing. Well-marked trails with trailheads adjacent to the highway invite visitors to take short hikes or overnight excursions into the majestic High Uintas Wildnerness. Ski resort located in this forest provide world-renowned downhill skiing. This area is one of the most rewarding hunting areas in the state for deer, elk and moose. Upland game birds and rabbits are plentiful throughout the region. Water fowl congregate along the Bear River. For information call: (801)524-5030


Other Utah Outdoor activities

Utah also offers the following outdoor activities:
  • Boating
  • Climbing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Floating
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Fishing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobile
  • Swimming
  • White Water Rafting