Utah State Parks have a richness in ecological diversity that is unmatched. The rustic terrain has an unparalleled beauty that will help you fall in love with the state. When it comes to state parks Utah shines.
My family enjoyed visiting Utah and have put the state on our “must return” list. The terrain in Utah is very different from where we lived in North Carolina. We enjoyed exploring and getting to see the state. Of course, a stop at a Utah State Park is a must. It gave us a chance to stretch our legs and recharge before resuming our trip.
Some parks are off of the beaten path. For those with the time to explore they are probably worth the drive. If you only have a little time a state park stop can be added to your existing summer vacation plans.
Utah State Parks offer live webcams and still cameras for some locations. To view one of the participating spots click here. You’ll see breathtaking up to the minute conditions and scenery.
The following is a list of the best Utah State Parks along I-15. Use this list as guide when planning your summer vacation. If you do, you won’t only go to Utah once it’s be on your “must return” list too!
Utah State Parks – Willard Bay
I-15 take Exit 351 or Exit 357
900 West 650 North #A
Willard, UT 84340-9999
Phone (435) 734-9494
The waters of the bay are teeming with wildlife. Visitors can watch for nesting Eagles at this Utah State Park. They are often seen high in the sky or near the shoreline in search of a good meal.
Willard Bay State Park has 2 marinas and boat launching. Visitors will also enjoy camping, swimming and fishing.
Utah State Parks – Jordan River Off Road Vehicle and Modelport
Exit 25 off I-215
Rose Park Lane
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone (801) 533-5425
This park is the playground for big kids. Visitors can bring their OHV and go. There are 4 separate tracks, tabletops and banked turns. Two motocross tracks beckon to motorcycle riders. If that’s not enough, the novice and grand prix tracks are open to OHMs and ATVs.
The state requires the use of helmets. Kids aged 8-15 years old must go through a state approved certification program (available at this park). Certification papers must be carried while riding or operating at OHV in this park.
A modelport is another feature of this Utah State Park. The runway is paved. There is plenty of wide open space to fly your model airplane or helicopter.
Utah State Parks – Camp Floyd / Stagecoach Inn State Park Museum
From I-15; take the Lehi exit #279 for about 22 miles.
18035 West 1540 North
Fairfield, UT 84013
Phone (801) 768-8932
Built in 1858 to stave off a rumored uprising in Utah by Mormons, this Utah State Park is part of an old fort. When the Civil War began the fort was closed and the soldiers there sent to fight. The last remaining camp building is the commissary. It is now a museum with artifacts of the civil war era.
Across the street from the museum is an adobe building that was the Stagecoach Inn. Other historic sites at this location are the Fairfield District Schoolhouse and the Floyd Cemetery.
Utah State Parks – Utah Lake
I-15, Exit 268, 3 Miles
4400 West Center Street
Provo, UT 84601
Phone (801) 375-0731
This Utah State Park is home of the biggest freshwater lake in the entire state. Bring your RV or put up your tent and stay a few days. This park has a lot to offer. Boatslips, boat rentals, kayaking, jet skis, canoeing, motorboats – it’s all here! A rental store is available with these items or bring your own. Click here for rental information..
The Day Use area includes swimming, concessions, picnicking, fishing, group pavilions and more. Pets are welcome when on a leash.
Utah State Parks – Yuba
I-15, Exit 202, 5 Miles
Levan, UT 84639-0159
Phone (435) 758-2611
The unique activity of this park is in-boat camping. This popular Utah State Park has sand beaches and warm water. Other activities offered here include mountain biking, camping with RVs or tents, hiking, wildlife watching and picnicking. The park is pet friendly.
Utah State Parks – Territorial Statehouse Museum
50 West Capitol Avenue
Fillmore, UT 84631
Phone (435) 743-5316
Enjoy a visit to the oldest standing Utah government building. Visitors will find an auditorium, museum and gift shop/store. A rose garden and picnic area are on the property.
These parks are along I-15. Utah has many other top parks on other routes. To see a full list of all Utah State Parks click this link
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