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Vigorous Hikes to Picnics on the Lakeshore

The natural beauty of Utah is hard to match. Ranking third for most national parks in one state, Utah grants its visitors access to some amazing outdoor recreation and family fun. The wilderness of the Beehive State is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, family vacationers, nature photographers, wildlife lovers – the list goes on and on.

Find your inner outdoorsman and hit one – or more – of five national parks in Utah. Choose from the stunning scenes of the Arches National Park near Moab in central Utah, or go hiking and horseback riding through Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. Combine history with fun activities no matter where you go in the national parks of Utah.

A state park in Utah is the perfect answer to, “So where should we go on our vacation?” No matter where you find yourself in the Beehive State, a gorgeous state park is nearby and teaming with activity. Choose from swimming, fishing, boating, and just plain lounging during your time in Utah. Have a picnic on the shore at the Utah Lake State Park near Provo, or brush off your waterskiing skills at the Steinaker State Park neighboring Vernal.

Fun, sun and family – that’s a getaway to Utah’s many parks.

Enjoy The Waters Of Utah Lake State Park

Located near Provo in Northern Utah, the picturesque Utah Lake State Park allows visitors to enjoy the year-round fun. Considered the largest freshwater lake in Beehive State, the Park draws crowds of anglers, boaters, and watersport enthusiasts, as well as families hoping to enjoy a sunny day on the shore.

It is one of the state’s best spots for freshwater fishing, with catches like channel catfish, black bass and walleye being common. The 148 square miles of water also beckons swimmers, paddle boarders, waterskiers, and boaters. Can’t you picture yourself in a kayak exploring the lake’s inlets and wildlife?

Make a reservation at our Best Western hotel near Utah Lake State Park and get ready to enjoy a day at this scenic, family-friendly spot.

Fish The Reservoir At Steinaker State Park

Steinaker State Park sits below the Uinta Mountains, just seven miles outside of Vernal, Utah. Here, you can enjoy numerous water sports and, of course, fishing on the beautiful Steinaker Reservoir.

Anglers are known to make impressive catches of rainbow trout, bluegill and largemouth bass, among others. The warm water also serves as a lure for outdoors enthusiasts. You can try everything from jet skiing to kayaking to wakeboarding. There are sandy beaches and safe swimming waters that beckon families throughout the warmer months.

Steinaker State Park is also near attractions like the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum, Dinosaur National Monument and Red Fleet State Park - ideal for the dinosaur fans in your group.

Antelope Island State Park

A unique Utah state park, Antelope Island State Park is located in northern Utah on the Great Salt Lake. Located on Antelope Island just west of Salt Lake City, the park covers 28,800 acres.

Established in 1969, Antelope Island State Park is ideal for hiking, biking, birdwatching, swimming, picnicking and more. The park is home to Fielding Garr Ranch, the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival, and the annual Balloon Stampede.

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area

Providing excellent opportunities for boating, fishing, skiing, jet skiing, houseboating and other water sports, the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area is located in the northeastern corner of Utah, near Vernal.

Starvation State Park

Founded in 1972, Starvation State Park covers 3,500 acres in northeastern Utah near Ballard. Encompassing the Starvation Reservoir, this Utah state park is open throughout the year, and draws over 70,000 annual visitors.

Starvation State Park activities include fishing and boating, plus watersports like wakeboarding, water skiing, and windsurfing. Other activities include geocaching, nature viewing, and even ice fishing.

Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

A Utah state park, the Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum is located in the former capital city of Fillmore. Set in central Utah, the Utah Territorial Statehouse is found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Built in 1852, the statehouse is said to be the oldest government building in existence. The museum focuses on the American Indian, Mormon Pioneer, and Utah history – plus onsite OHV riding.