Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park

Red rock and red sand meet warm, blue waters at Sand Hollow, one of the most visited locations in the Utah State Park system.

A popular destination for nearly every recreational activity—from boaters to bikers and from off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders to equestrians— Sand Hollow State Park sprawls across 20,000-acres.

Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir.

At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow State Park offers boating, fishing, kayaking, sailboat racing, and other water recreation in a spectacular setting. Motorboats, jet skiers, water-sports enthusiasts, and sailboat racers alike all partake in warm waters. Anglers let their lines out into the water in the search for bass, bluegill, crappie, and catfish.

Located just 15-miles east of St. George, Sand Hollow State Park draws visitors in with a wide-range of recreation opportunities. With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah’s newest state park is one of its most popular, according to one ranger, because it has so much to offer. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain Recreation Area on an off-highway vehicle, then RV or tent camp in the modern campground.

One popular event seeing increased growth and interest has been the annual two-day Winter 4×4 Jamboree hosted by the DesertRATS (Desert Roads and Trails Society). A premiere off-road event that attracted close to 400 vehicles, the jamboree encourages all who enjoy the OHV lifestyle to join in taking advantage of the unique and stellar Utah landscape.

Sand Hollow State Park: Blue Water, Red Sand & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Caravans of up to 30 vehicles decorated the scenic landscape of the Sand Mountain. Each group was led by an experienced trail leader as drivers took on a multitude of trails ranging in difficulty and terrain. Drivers could choose between over 20 trails, featuring rock climbing obstacles, petroglyph sites, sand dunes, and more.

Two campgrounds suit everyone, from those who want only a basic campsite to those who want it all. Both campgrounds have restrooms with showers.

The West Campground offers 50 spacious sites with full hookups, covered picnic tables, and fire rings. Some sites have views of the reservoir. ATVs are not allowed in this campground, except on a trailer.

ATVs are allowed at the Sandpit Campground, which is near the OHV staging area at the dunes. This campground offers 19 basic dry camping sites, six sites with electricity, and five group sites. All sites have a fire ring and picnic table.

Sand Hollow State Park: Blue Water, Red Sand & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sand Hollow State Park: Blue Water, Red Sand & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If you really like to get away from it all, Sand Hollow also offers primitive beach camping. Although there is no camping charge, you pay a day-use fee. Please note that the state park will not tow you out if you get stuck in the sand, so beware. Enter only where there are signs beckoning you to try beach camping. Be aware that some side roads can be very sandy.

Sand Hollow State Park is located approximately 15 miles east of St. George and seven miles east of Interstate 15’s Hurricane exit. Visitors should take exit 16 (Utah State Route 9), travel east for about four miles and turn right on Sand Hollow Road, travel south for about three miles, and turn left at the park entrance.

Nearby attractions include Quail Creek State Park, and Red Cliffs BLM Recreation area.

Water sports are also popular at Quail Creek State Park during the long warm weather season, and boaters and fishermen enjoy the reservoir year-round. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, rainbow trout, crappie, and other species. Camping is popular with the campground offering modern facilities.

Tucked up against red sandstone cliffs and straddling Quail Creek, the Red Cliffs Recreation Area is a pleasant surprise for most visitors. The backdrop of the looming cliffs and the riparian habitat is an unexpected and welcome relief in the desert.

Sand Hollow State Park: Blue Water, Red Sand & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sand Hollow State Park: Blue Water, Red Sand & More © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Worth Pondering…

This is not another place.

It is THE place.

—Charles Bowden

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