There are more than 40 state parks that stretch across Utah, from the rich blue waters of Bear Lake to the hot, orange and pink sands of Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Often, state parks offer campgrounds, staffing and other amenities to make it easy to take in scenic vistas and recreation. When you visit, be prepared to keep these local favorites Forever Mighty.
There's no shortage of activities to keep you busy in Utah's state parks. Boating, fishing, golf, off-highway vehicle recreation, hiking, dark sky viewing and mountain biking are just some of the options available. Stopping by for the day? Simplify your visit by purchasing a day-use pass online before you go – digital Utah State Parks passes are available at parkspass.utah.gov. Passes are good for the day of purchase only and do not include camping access. And when you recreate, remember to do so responsibly:
Extinguish campfires completely, and practice fire safety.
The weather can change quickly on public lands. If rain is in the forecast do not enter any slot canyons.
Bring more water than you think you'll need.
Travel on designated motorized routes and trails. Do not create new trails with your car or your feet.
Ensure you have a back-up campground during busy season. If you have to disperse camp, always choose existing sites.
Let someone know your itinerary and the time you expect to return. Know the information for search and rescue, and bring a spot device. Look for others you can help.
Camping and Overnight Options
From the High Uintas to the southern red rocks, you'll find camping in most Utah State Parks. Overnight options range from RV and tent sites to cabins, teepees, yurts, hammocks and covered wagons. Campgrounds often reach capacity, soadvance reservations are recommended.