Scenic Parks - Southeastern

State parks located in the southeast have some of the most unique geology in the state. With endless hiking trails, stunning vistas, and dark night skies, these 12 current or previous state parks help promote the wellness and curiosity of citizens and visitors by encouraging exploration and discovery.
  • Newspaper RockNewspaper Rock (Indian Creek State Park) - 1976
    Newspaper Rock (San Juan County) was created in 1976 to preserve the ancient petroglyphs still visible on the rock face.  Now registered as a National Historic Place, photographs of the site show the immense amount of rock art created by Utah’s early inhabitants. This black and white photograph captures the petroglyphs found at Newspaper Rock.
  • Escalante State ParkEscalante State Park
    In 1985, Escalante State Park (Garfield County) became part of what is now known as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  On the list of the Commission’s original park suggestions, Escalante offered incredible hiking trails as shown in the trail guide. This is the title page of a brochure and trail guide from Escalante State Park.
  • Monument Valley State ParkMonument Valley State Park - 1991
    Monument Valley (San Juan County) began its three-year history as a state park in 1991.  News articles, like this on from the Salt Lake Tribune, highlight the work required to add Monument Valley to the state park roster.
  • Dead Horse PointDead Horse Point - 1959
    Opened in 1959, Dead Horse Point State Park (Grand County) is situated above the Colorado River and offers views of the cliffs and a gooseneck bend of the river. The area is also a great spot for hang gliding and adventure seeking, as discussed in this Salt Lake Tribune article by Craig Hansell.
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  • Escalante Petrified Forest State Park - 1963
    Opened in 1963, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park (Garfield County) is known for the petrified remnants of an ancient forest and hiking.  The Escalante Petrified Forest area is so large that maps are available to keep visitors from getting lost. This black and white printed map details the trails in the park.
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  • Goblin Valley State Park - 1964
    Opened in 1964, Goblin Valley State Park (Emery County) is home to some of the most unique geology in Utah. The park provides a fun place for off-roading and hiking. The Provo Herald article seen here highlights the Fourth Annual Goblin Valley Motorcycle Trail Ride hosted by the Goblin Valley State Park in 1986.
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  • Goosenecks State ParkGoosenecks State Park - 1962
    Goosenecks State Park (San Juan County) opened in 1962 and offers impressive views of the San Juan River. This brochure, dating back to when the park first opened, was created to explain to visitors all of the available activities in the park.
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  • Huntington State Park - 1966
    Huntington State Park (Emery County) is a popular spot for boating, camping, and crawdad hunting. Opened in 1966, the park is a local favorite escape for residents in Castle Country. This brochure and the accompanying news article describes water recreation at Huntington State Park.
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  • Kodachrome Basin State ParkKodachrome Basin State Park - 1963
    Opened 1963, Kodachrome State Park (Garfield County) was named “park of the month” by National Geographic Magazine because of its incredible color and “untouched beauty.” This 1990 issue of RV West takes a good look at the “photographer’s paradise” of Kodachrome.
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  • Red Fleet State ParkRed Fleet State Park - 1988
    Opened in 1988, Red Fleet State Park (Uintah County) is in the middle of what is known in Utah as Dinosaurland. Promotional materials, such as this Salt Lake Tribune article, written by Tom Wharton, invited visitors to hike along the same paths that the dinosaurs took.
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  • Starvation State ParkStarvation State Park - 1972
    Starvation State Park (Duchesne County) was opened in 1972 and is a scenic park that welcomes campers, hikers, and off-trail vehicles to enjoy the views.  It is also a great spot for anglers looking to catch “the big one.” Rex C. Infanger called it “an underrated, underutilized, nearby recreation delight” in this 1986 article published in The Provo Herald.
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Page Last Updated October 19, 2017.