Best state parks in Utah

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#1 - Dead Horse Point State Park
Utah
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Dead Horse Point State Park will leave visitors breathless of the 2,000-foot mesa overlooking the Colorado River and vertical cliffs and red-rock canyon formations carved by millions of years. The rock layers were created by ancient oceans, lakes, streams and sand dunes. Dead Horse Point is a peninsula or rock on top of a sandstone cliff connected by a narrow strip of land called the neck. Legend goes that the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs. The cowboys would round up the horses to the point. One day, the horses were left on the point and died of thirst above the Colorado River. The plants and animals in the area have adapted to the scarcity of water and extreme temperatures of the desert environment. Most of the animals are nocturnal and plants grow slowly here. What will you explore and find at Dead Horse Point?Show more
#2 - Antelope Island State Park
Utah
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Antelope Island State Park is just over 28,000-acres and is the largest island in the Great Salt Lake. It sits between the Wasatch mountains on the east and the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west. Visitors will have the opportunity to hike, bike, and explore the wildlife in the area. The backcountry trails are open to horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking. Even though the area is surrounded by salt water, the island has fresh water springs which support the local wildlife. Bison, Pronghorn antelope, Mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, badgers, and bobcats are a few of the wildlife that roam the island. Visitors may also see owls, hawks, or a falcon. The land passed through several owners until 1981 when the State of Utah purchased the land. During the month of May and June, there are biting gnats so a hat or other protective barrier for your face and neck is recommended. Visit Antelope Island State Park on your next outdoor adventure!Show more
#3 - Snow Canyon State Park
Utah
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Snow Canyon's most notable feature is the large canyon among the Red Mountains, however there are many interesting features to discover, including lava tubes and flows, cinder cones, and sand dunes. It is a great state park for hiking, biking, and equestrian use. Accessibility: For the accessible features at the Snow Canyon State Park, refer to this document: https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2019/06/ACCESSIBLE-FEATURES-AT-UTAH-STATE-PARKS-Updated-May-2019.pdfShow more
#4 - Goblin Valley State Park
Utah
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Goblin Valley State Park lies within the San Rafael Desert on the southeastern edge of the San Rafael Swell, north of the Henry Mountains. The park has a vast landscape of sandstone goblins, the unusual stone shapes result from the weathering of Entrada sandstone. The movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery. Visitors can hike among beautiful rock formations and discover numerous haunting coves. Day-use fees (valid for two days): $15 private vehicle $10 Utah seniors 62 and older $10 motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian $4 per-person commercial vehicle fee Show more
#5 - Kodachrome Basin State Park
Utah
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Kodachrome Basin State Park's main attraction are its red tinged rock formations (spires and chimneys) that stand out in front of beautiful blue skies. The best way to explore the park is hiking (you can also camp there!), mountain biking or even better horseback riding. Day-Use Fee: $10 per vehicle (max. 8 people per vehicle) Accessibility: For accessibility information on the Kodachrome Basin State Park and all Utah State Parks, visit: https://stateparks.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2019/06/ACCESSIBLE-FEATURES-AT-UTAH-STATE-PARKS-Updated-May-2019.pdfShow more
#6 - Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
Utah
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Escalante 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.Show more
#7 - Wasatch Mountain State Park
Utah
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Wasatch Mountain State Park is located in the northern part of the state within the Wasatch Back area on the north and west edges of the Heber Valley in Wasatch County near the city of Midway. Visitors can enjoy year-round adventure such as golf, hike, bike, camp, horseback ride, snowmobile, cross-country ski, and snowshoe at Wasatch Mountain. Accessibility: The park website lists the following facilities are wheelchair accessible: the restrooms, visitor center, educational yurt, fishing pond (from the roadside), fish cleaning station, paths around the visitor center, Falcons Ledge Cabin, a camp site at Pine Creek Campground, Miners Retreat Group Area, Soldier Hollow Group Area, The Chalet, and showers. There are also audio descriptions of exhibits in the visitor's center. Show more
#8 - Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Utah
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The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is an adventurers playground - the area is full of juniper and pinyon pines and red cliffs, on the backdrop of this amazing coral pink sand. The sand comes from Navajo sandstone from the geologic period called Middle Jurassic. The red rock of the canyons and the sand are both made from the same iron oxides and minerals. The sand dunes that make up this area are made from sand and high winds and date back to 10,000 to 15,000 years. The park is popularly used for ATV riders and about 90% of the dunes are open for riding. There is also camping and hiking. Coral Pink Park makes a great focal point for photographers. The park opened in 1963. Show more
#9 - Utah Lake State Park
Utah
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Utah Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the state of Utah, providing fishing access and plenty opportunities to get out on the water. HOURS: Apr. 1 - Oct. 31: 6 AM-10 PM Nov. 1 - Thanksgiving Day: 6 AM - 8 PM Day After Thanksgiving - Jan. 4: 6 AM - 5 PM Jan. 5 - Mar. 31: 6 AM - 8 PMShow more
#10 - Goosenecks State Park
Utah
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Goosenecks State Park is home to a beautiful meander of the San Juan River, which the park was name after: gooseneck. The desert views from the top of the canyon that is the result of 300 million years of geological activity are breathtaking. $5.00 day use fee per car with up to 8 peopleShow more
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