Not as widely known as nearby Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, this State Park is one of Utah’s best kept secrets. Its stunning canyon drops 2000 feet to the Colorado River and is often Read more...
Not as widely known as nearby Arches or Canyonlands National Parks, this State Park is one of Utah’s best kept secrets. Its stunning canyon drops 2000 feet to the Colorado River and is often mistaken for the Grand Canyon in pictures. A trail network connecting eight incredible overlooks offers an intimate experience you won’t soon forget.
The Park’s trails are open year-round to hikers and mountain bikers. We’re quite smitten with the Neck Overlook—a view similar to Arizona’s Horseshoe Bend but without all the crowds. Mountain bikers will want to try the Intrepid Trail that starts just behind the visitor center. It’s 16 miles of singletrack bliss through pinyons and juniper trees. Doggy tip: Dogs are welcome on the hiking trails but they’re not allowed on the mountain biking ones.
It gets really hot during the summer, so maybe visit in spring or fall. For an entirely different vibe, break out the snowshoes and come in winter. The white snow contrasts perfectly with the red rocks of the canyon.
Camping is pretty easy to come by at Kayenta or Wingate Campground. There are tent pads and shade structures at every site. For those looking for more luxurious accommodations, there are also Yurts available within the Park.