1. Antelope Island State Park
Antelope island is popular with photographers, nature lovers and Utahns looking for recreation. Swim, bask on the beach and have a picnic. There’s plenty of wildlife to view - antelope, bighorn sheep, mule deer, and of course...bison.
2. Bear Lake State Park
The azure waters of Bear Lake are like a postcard. You can sit on the beach and gaze at the beauty, or you can get out on the lake for sailing, fishing, waterskiing. Go up for the day, or make it a weekend adventure by camping at one of several campgrounds.
3. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is a pretty place for recreation, but you’ll never visit the same park twice - the sands shift constantly with the wind, moving up to 50 feet each year. This park is a paradise for ATV enthusiasts.
4. Dead Horse Point State Park
The vista at Dead Horse Point State Park rivals that of any of Utah’s national parks. It’s situated 2,000 feet above the valley floor, where the Colorado River winds through the landscape. You’ll find this little gem near the northeast corner of Canyonlands National Park.
5. Goblin Valley State Park
The “goblins” at Goblin Valley State Park are interesting little hoodoos created by wind and water erosion. This park is almost surreal - it’s been compared to the surface of Mars, and you’ll certainly see why when you visit.
6. Green River State Park
Test your skills on the nine-hole golf course, or start your trip down the Green River here. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Green River Watermelon Festival, held the third week in September.
7. Gunlock State Park
Gunlock State Park is located just 15 miles northwest of St. George, making it the perfect destination if you’re visiting southern Utah and want to get away from the crowds. The reservoir is a popular spot for boating and fishing.
8. Huntington State Park
The water in the lake at Huntington State Park is warm and inviting. Swim, boat or just picnic on the banks. It’s also a popular fishing hole - you’ll find plenty of largemouth bass and bluegill.
9. Kodachrome Basin State Park
Kodachrome Basin State Park fits its name perfectly - its gorgeous colors beg to be photographed. Kodachrome is a great spot for horseback riding (take a tour!) and mountain biking. Take a leisurely hike, then spend the night in the campground.
An 18-hole golf course is the jewel of Palisade State Park, but the hiking and camping is also spectacular.
11. Quail Creek State Park
Quail Creek State Park is the perfect place for a getaway, year-round. The waters of Quail Creek Reservoir are some of the warmest in Utah, and full of trophy fish.
12. Wasatch Mountain State Park
Wasatch Mountain State Park is a golfer’s dream park with four gorgeous and challenging 18-hole golf courses. You’ll also enjoy horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping and more at this pretty park.