5 Must See Southwest Utah State Parks

coral pink sand dunes

One of the best parts of living in Utah is the wide variety of gorgeous state parks we have around us. Whether you’re into hiking, fishing or just picnicking at a scenic spot, you’re sure to find a park that you love. Utah is a real haven for all types of wildlife and ecosystems and can turn even the most timid outdoors man into a full fledged nature lover. Check out this list of 5 great parks to visit in Southwest Utah.

Snow Canyon State Park

Located Ivins, Utah, this park offers tent and RV camping, in addition to a ton of activities. The kids will love guided horseback riding at Stonegate Ranch, while hikers will appreciate bike, equestrian, mountain biking, ADA, non-motorized and interpretive trails. If you’re into nature watching be on the lookout for awesome reptiles, birds and mammals lurking about.

Otter Creek State Park

Ideal for ATV riders looking for a place to take their toy hauler and have a little fun, this park is located in Antimony, Utah. It offers space for UTV, ATV and motocross riding and RV camping sites. If you’re looking to simply reconnect with nature you’ll appreciate its prime location for spring and fall bird migration and kayaking, power boating, sailing, canoeingand PWC.

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Located along the pristine shores of the Wide Hollow Reservoir, this state park offers canoeing and kayaking in crystal clear water. Additionally, you can take nature trails through a petrified forest (take only photographs, leave only footprints) or ride your ATV or UTV along designated trails. There’s also a neat American Indian Museum the kids will love.

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Situated in Kanab, Utah, these gorgeous pink dunes are enchanting and provide a tough environment for hiking and a challenge for those who enjoy off roading. Each visit to Coral Pink Sand Dunes will be different, as the terrain can shift up to 50 feet per year due to the wind.

Gunlock State Park

If you love all things related to water, then you will love this park. It features boating, swimming and fishing all in the peaceful waters of the Gunlock Reservoir. The boat dock will open April 2015 on Fridays 5 to 8 pm and on Saturdays and Sunday 7 am to 7 pm until June 1, 2015 at which time it will be open daily 7 am  to 8 pm daily.

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Photo Credit: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/coral-pink-sand-dunes-state-park

 

 

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