What: A Utah state park filled with activities and opportunities year-round on 20,611 acres of pure desert bliss including a 1,322-acre reservoir and an extensive OHV recreation area on Sand Mountain
Where: 3351 Sand Hollow Rd, Hurricane, UT 84737 (Latitude: 37.1167 Longitude: -113.3833)
When: Daily, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. (hours might vary on holidays)
How much: To learn more about the many fee options, visit:https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/sand-hollow/park-fees/
What is a beautiful lake like that, doing in a desert like this? If you’re looking for adventure, look no further than Southern Utah’s Sand Hollow State Park! It’s a great place for family vacations because this gem in the Southwest desert offers something for everyone!
With its stunning red dunes, crystal-clear blue waters, and an array of recreational activities, Sand Hollow is the perfect place to play. Grab your gear, pack your sunscreen, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey in this desert playground.
It’s No Mirage this Scenic Oasis is Real
Sand Hollow State Park is a mesmerizing oasis that surprises first-time visitors with its diverse terrain. If you’re into towering sandstone cliffs and gentle azure waters, you are going to want to check this out. This stunning contrast of colors here creates a scenic wonderland that seems straight out of a postcard.
Revel in Cool Water in the Hot Desert!
For water enthusiasts, Sand Hollow Reservoir is a no-brainer. The inviting water offers refuge from the heat but is warm enough for swimming, snorkeling, and paddleboarding. Boating and jet skiing are among visitors’ favorite activities. Anglers will enjoy the reservoir’s fish population including:
Come for the Water, Stay for the Off-Roading Adventures
Sand Hollow’s expansive dunes are a magnet for adrenaline junkies and off-road enthusiasts. This dynamic landscape is a dream come true for those looking to conquer the desert in their off-highway vehicles. The park boasts over 15,000 acres of dunes, creating a vast playground for dune buggies, ATVs, and motorcycles.
Strap on your helmet, rev up your engine, and prepare for an exhilarating ride as you navigate the ever-shifting dunes.
Sand Hollow Equipped for Camping, Picnicking
Ready to get your camp on? Sand Hollow State Park offers primitive campsites and sites equipped with amenities. Wake up to the sound of birdsong and the smell of nature, and enjoy a hot cup of coffee as you watch the sunrise over the rugged landscape. The park also offers picnic areas with shaded tables and grills, providing the perfect spot for a family gathering or a romantic lunch.
Inspiring Hiking Trails a Part of the Sand Hollow Package
The park features a variety of hiking trails that cater to all skill levels. From short strolls to challenging hikes, this is a great place for families with varying interests and abilities. The Paradise Rim Trail offers stunning panoramic views of the reservoir and the surrounding red rock cliffs. For a more moderate challenge, the Hurricane Cliffs Trail rewards hikers with breathtaking vistas of the sprawling desert landscape. Don’t forget to bring your camera along to capture the awe-inspiring vistas along the way.
Wildlife and Birdwatching Popular at Sand Hollow
Sand Hollow State Park is not just about sand and water—it’s also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to an abundance of desert flora and fauna, including (but not limited to):
- desert tortoises
- golden eagles
Colorful songbirds bring the desert to life each morning. Hearing them is an inspiring experience!
No Need to Weigh Yourself Down with Equipment, Rent It
Relax. Nobody expects you to drag your boat, boards, ATVs, and camping gear along (unless you want to, of course). The park’s private concessionaire “Sand Hollow Rentals” is located at the south end of the park where you can rent:
- paddle boards
- stand-up paddle boards
- Sea Doo’s
- pontoon boats
- ski boats
Accessories and more equipment are available at Sand Hollow Rentals. Visit them online at https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/sand-hollow/rentals/. The same outfit will take your party on a guided tour in the desert or on the water. Don’t forget to ask about the massive water gym featuring jungle-gym-style equipment for big kids and kids at heart.
Sand Hollow Rentals has some medical supplies, snacks, and drinks available onsite too.
If you’re planning a trip to Southern Utah, Sand Hollow State Park has got to be at the top of your “Must See List.”