Southern Utah is famous for its five National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches and Cayonlands. But Utah also contains a bunch of state parks, and these are often just as spectacular. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch suggest that you add some of these Southern Utah state parks into your vacation plans.
Goblin Valley State Park – This is one of our favorite state parks. The strange, sandstone hoodoos are fun to climb on and play among. Goblin Valley can get hot in the summer, so we suggest that you visit in the evening (at least during the summer.) Then you can play under the moon and stars.
Palisade State Park – If you love playing a few holes, check the Palisade golf course. The Salt Lake Tribune says it is “one of Utah’s most underrated 18-hole golf courses.” The course is part of this small state park, which also includes a 70-acre reservoir. Bring your canoe, because motorboats are not allowed in the lake. And pack a picnic.
Snow Canyon State Park – This canyon is located near Saint George, Utah. Take your bike with you and check out the paved bike routes at the bottom and top of the canyon. It is a great place to ride. Of course, you can just stop by and enjoy the scenery.
Sand Hollow State Park – This state park emphasizes recreational opportunities. A large reservoir offers boating, diving, and fishing fun. There is also a network of ATV trails to ride. Quail Hollow State Park is right next door, so be sure to check it out as well.
Kodachrome State Park – Named for the vibrant colors of Kodachrome film, this park is one of the most beautiful in the state. It is worth visiting just for the view, but we recommend that you hike one of the many marked trails near the campground.