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Zion National Park, Utah, Red Rock, Hike, Sandstone

Zion National Park

Zion means "promised land," which is the perfect way to describe Zion National Park's peaceful yet dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs.see more »

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40 Kolob Reservoir Road: This scenic drive skirts Zion National Park and the northern, Kolob, section of the park as it climbs the hillside toward Kolob Reservoir. Due to the park’s closure, it is unclear what access visitors will have to trails and pullouts along the drive. Kolob Reservoir has primitive camping in a spectacular environment. http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/zion/kolob_reservoir.html

41 Best Friends Animal Shelter: Stunning red-rock vistas against expansive blue skies. The sweet smell of sage, nestled in gorgeous Angel Canyon, is a sight to behold and a place of compassion unlike anywhere else on earth - it’s the nation’s largest animal sanctuary. With thousands of acres of open space and a delightful creek, it is a miraculous place of love and caring for homeless pets. And 1,700 adoptable pets are eager to show you around their home-between-homes. Here, they’re given love, medical care and the chance to be adopted. Free tours of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary are offered daily or explore one of the many walking paths or hiking trails. Volunteers are always needed, and the experience is always a magical one. http://bestfriends.org/

42 Brian Head Ski Resort: Brian Head is Utah’s premier southern Utah winter resort in the winter and mountain playground in the summer. During the summer and fall months visitors can enjoy mountain biking, hiking, scenic chairlift rides, disk golf and geocaching. Southern Utah isn’t all about the red rock; it’s also about our mountain peaks offering family adventures for all. www.brianhead.com

43 Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park: Venture onto a shifting sea of red sand. Changed by winds, these mountains and hills of sand can move as much as 50 feet per year. With areas for off-highway vehicle enthusiasts and those with non-motorized pursuits, the dunes offer adventures for all. www.stateparks.utah.gov

44 Dixie National Forest: The Dixie National Forest, with headquarters in Cedar City, Utah, occupies almost two million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across southern Utah. You can experience the solitude of hiking in the wilderness, enjoy camping in developed campgrounds, or in the backcountry. The forest is also a prime location for fishing, hunting, horseback riding, mountain biking, OHV (off-highway vehicle) opportunities, and winter activities such as cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. http://www.brycecanyoncountry.com/forest.html

45 Gunlock State Park: Surrounded by rustic red rock and extinct black lava cinder cones lies the 240 acre Gunlock State Park & Reservoir. The park offers year-round boating, water sports and quality fishing for bass and catfish. Facilities include boat launching ramp and pit privies. The reservoir is two miles long, one-half mile wide and 115 feet deep and provides a pleasant setting for swimming, boating and fishing. Camping is allowed but there are few amenities. The park is just 15 miles northwest of St. George. The reservoir, built in 1970 and fed by the Santa Clara River, also provides excellent fishing for bass, crappie, and catfish. The banks of the reservoir are lined with pine and juniper trees, with a backdrop of red and pink Navajo sandstone cliffs to the west and ancient lava beds to the east.www.stateparks.utah.gov

46 Kanarraville Falls: Meandering hike through a rugged canyon bottom culminating in a short, but spectacular slot canyon. Located between the entrance to Zion National Park and Cedar City, the Kanarraville Falls hike makes for a great half-day adventure. The moderate hike is dog and kid friendly with many options to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch along the way. http://www.utah.com/hike/kanarra-creek-canyon-trail

47 Markaguant High Plateau Scenic Byway, Highway 14: An amazing, 40-mile journey through the Dixie National Forest, the Markaguant High Plateau Scenic Byway connects Interstate 15 and Highway 89 through beautiful southwestern Utah. Beginning in Cedar City and climbing steeply through narrow Cedar Canyon and into the Dixie National Forest, catch glimpses of Cedar Breaks National Monument through gaps in the dense aspen, pine, and spruce forest. Camp, bike, or hike at numerous stops along the way, in these elevated outdoors. Learn of the history and settlement of the area. Breath-catching views throughout invite you to delve deeper. http://byways.org/explore/byways/2021

48 Quail Creek State Park: The park provides excellent year-round camping, picnicking, boating, and fishing. The 40,000 acre reservoir sits in the red desert at the bottom of the 10,000 foot expanse of Pine Valley Mountain and with views toward Zion National Park. The park is easily accessible just 14 miles north of St. George near Interstate 15. Surrounded by red rock vistas, the park offers excellent camping, boating, kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, and fishing. The reservoir is fed by the Virgin River and is well-stocked with rainbow trout, bullhead catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, and bluegill. There is a fish-cleaning station on site. www.stateparks.utah.gov

49: Sand Hollow State Park: Locally called “Little Lake Powell” with its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape and brilliant orange sand beaches, Sand Hollow is a recreational haven for boating, wake boarding, fishing, camping, four wheeling and swimming. Modern campgrounds and picnic areas have been developed adjacent to the beaches for RV (recreation vehicle) or tent camping. The sand beaches are a part of the massive dunes of Sand Mountain - a huge off road recreation area open to ATVs, sand trails, motorcycles and dune buggies. OHV (off-highway vehicle) enthusiasts consider the 6,000 playable acres of red sand dunes some of the best off-road terrain around. The park also boasts biking, hiking and equestrian trails, and a modern RV and tent campground with electric, water, and sewage hookups. www.stateparks.utah.gov

50 Snow Canyon State Park: Snow Canyon State Park is a ruggedly beautiful 7,400 acres of black lava-capped cliffs, winding red canyons, soaring sandstone arches, ancient cinder cones, lava caves, sand dunes, and scenic overlooks. The park offers abundant opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, wildlife watching, camping, and photography. The spectacular vistas have beckoned everyone from Ancestral Puebloans and Paiute Indians to Mormon Pioneers and Hollywood execs. The park’s rugged splendor has even provided a backdrop for films such as The Electric Horseman and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Bring your camera and take time for a walk along the paved trail or a hike into the backcountry. www.stateparks.utah.gov