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Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park   |  Eric Erlenbusch
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The 20,000-acre Sand Hollow State Park is Utah’s newest state park, and opened to the public in 2003. It’s located near Hurricane, Utah, mostly on BLM land, and is renowned for its red sand beaches, visually stunning red rock formations and some of the best trails in the state. This easy-to-access park has a variety of activities for adventurers of any age, type and skill level, and is an ideal spot if you are looking for watersports, motorized recreation, or family camping.

The park’s 1,322-acre reservoir is warm, which makes it great for swimming and water skiing as well as boating. And, stillwater fishermen will love casting a line from boat or shore to catch one of the many catfish, crappie and bass abundant in the park’s waters — even from shore. While you are working on hooking that trophy bass or floating on your back soaking in the surrounding splendor, take notice of the beautiful juxtaposition of the clean blue waters and the surrounding red, dry, landscape — it makes for beautiful scenery and some wonderful photo opportunities.

In addition to the water fun, Sand Hollow is one of the area’s most popular spots for ATVs and OHVs, offering riders more than 6,000 acres of sand dunes that have open riding as well as technical trails where you can test your skills. This off-road attraction is the ideal complement to the nonmotorized trails of nearby Zion National Park, meaning you can enjoy both the quiet of the national park and the buzzing adrenaline of wide-open and free off-road adventure. Take your ride through the access tunnel from Sand Hollow to enter the Sand Mountain and have at it — the fun in the sun can last all day. If you don’t have your own ATV, you can rent one at the park’s rental shop — just be sure to make a reservation so you don’t miss out.

When you’re done splashing and motoring around, you can find a spot for your sleepy head at one of the primitive camping areas in the park that are available for tent campers (RVs must be self-contained October through March). Or you can check out Sandpit Campground, which has ATV access, and offers 19 campsites, six power sites with standard hookup amenities, and five group sites — perfect if you want to spend a few nights here with lots of friends or family. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. The Westside Campground is a bit more cush, and has 50 sites with full RV hook-ups, nice covered picnic tables, and fire rings. Both campgrounds have restrooms with showers, included in the camping fee. Make reservations online at the website below.

Park Fees and Directions

The park is open year-round with no holiday closures: April–September from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and October–March from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The park gate closes overnight so plan accordingly. Day use is $15 per vehicle, including use of watercraft launches and OHV access; with a lower rate for seniors. You can also purchase a statewide annual pass at the park. Pets are allowed but must be leashed and under control at all times.

Sand Hollow State Park is located 15 miles east of St. George (297 miles south of Salt Lake City), and seven miles east of Interstate 15 off the Hurricane Exit. Take Exit 16 (Highway 9), and travel east for about four miles before turning right on Sand Hollow Road. Go south for another four miles, and the park entrance is on the left — use the helpful interactive map below to explore the area.

GPS Coordinates: 37.1218007, -113.3852791.

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