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Southeastern Utah Outdoor Recreation

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Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges National Monument covers 7,636.49 acres. The park features three natural sandstone bridges.  Recreational activities in the park include hiking, camping, scenic drives and a visitor's center.

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Hole 'n the Rock

A most unique home, carved out of a huge rock in Utah's Canyonlands Country. This historic 5,000 square foot home and unusual gift shop and trading post are open all year. Take a guided tour of the home, and appreciate the rich history within it's walls.

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National Parks State Parks

Arches National Park - Arches National Park features the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches.  The park covers over 73,000 acres and is one of Utah's premier travel destinations.  Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, picnic areas and unforgettable scenery.

Canyonlands National ParkCanyonlands National Park offers beautiful landscapes, canyons, colorful sandstone formations, Indian ruins and spectacular views.  Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, climbing and camping.

Hovenweep National Monument - Hovenweep National Monument protects some of the finest examples of ancient stone architecture in the southwest. The inhabitants of Hovenweep were part of the large farming culture which occupied the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona from about 500 B.C. until nearly A.D. 1300.

Natural Bridges National Monument - Natural Bridges National Monument covers 7,636.49 acres. The park features three natural sandstone bridges.  Recreational activities in the park include hiking, camping, scenic drives and a visitor's center.

Rainbow Bridge National Monument - Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge.  The bridge rises 290 feet above the floor of Bridge Canyon and is 270 feet long.  The bridge is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world and considered a sacred site by Navajo Indians.  Rainbow Bridge can be reached by boat, on foot or by horse.


National Forests

Manti-LaSal National Forest - The forest contains over a million acres in three mountain blocks providing islands of green rising above the desert.  Enjoy biking, fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, hunting and amazing scenery.


Other Outdoor Recreation

Hole 'n the Rock - A 14 room sandstone ridge built by Albert Christensen near Moab on US 191.  Tours available.

Mule Canyon Ruin - Mule Canyon Ruin is a classic ancestral Puebloan (previously called Anasazi) archaeological site that has been stabilized and interpreted for the public. The site, displaying a kiva, small tower, and a room block, provides a close-up, convenient and casual view into the past without the crowds associated with some of the more prominent Four Corners ruins and monuments.

Newspaper Rock - Newspaper Rock is a "bulletin board" painted on stone more than 800 years ago.  The stone features over 350 distinct petroglyphs carved by ancient Indians.   Newspaper Rock is located on state route 211 accessible from US 191.

Dead Horse Point State Park - Towering 2,000 feet directly above the Colorado River, Dead Horse Point provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands' sculptured pinnacles and buttes.

Edge of the Cedars State Park - Edge of The Cedars State Park is the site of a pre-Colombian Pueblo Indian ruin and a modern museum.

Goosenecks State Park - Four miles off Utah Highway 261 near Mexican Hat, you can look into a 1,000-foot-deep chasm carved through the Pennsylvanian Hermosa Formation by the silt-laden San Juan River.


BLM Recreation Sites

Canyon Rims Recreation AreaAre you looking for spectacular views of canyon country? At Canyon Rims you can view deep canyons, hike trails in Dark Canyon Primitive Area, ride your bike along dirt roads of the colored mesa, or camp at Hatch Point and Wind Whistle campgrounds.

Colorado RiverwayThe colorful canyons and natural rock formations of the Colorado Riverway have long been calling cards for the film industry. So, whether you choose to hike, bike, camp, or run the river, you may see some familiar scenes.

Grand Gulch Plateau As you walk this twisting canyon system, you will see some of the most incredible scenery and largest concentrations of Anasazi ruins in all of southeastern Utah.

Mill Canyon/Copper Ridge Dinosaur TracksGet a glimpse of an era when huge creatures roamed the earth. The dinosaur fossils and tracks in Mill Canyon can be seen by following a short nature trail near the Monitor and Merrimac mountain bike/jeep trail. A few miles north, the Copper Ridge site features the tracks of a brontosaurus and four three-toed dinosaurs.

Mule Canyon/Butler WashHere you can walk along the sandstone cliffs that were once populated by the Anasazi peoples. Mule Canyon has the remains of a small Anasazi village, while Butler Wash offers an easy half-mile walk to overview of Anasazi cliff houses.

San Juan RiverSpectacular scenery, superb rock-art viewing, river floating, camping and wildlife viewing.

Sand Flats/Moab Slickrock Bike TrailSand Flats contains a maze of sandstone domes and fins. These beautiful desert formations are well known and heavily used by mountain bikers.

Westwater CanyonThe Westwater Canyon area provides a stretch of renowned whitewater opportunities for both rafters and kayakers. There are also several historic sites along the river corridor. Heading west, this is the first canyon along the Colorado River within Utah.