With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah’s newest state park is also one of its most popular. If you want the full effect of Southern Utah, Sand Hollow State Park is the place to be. It has draw dropping views of Utah’s red mountains, friendly citizens of Southern Utah, and it is large enough to fish or go boating! Plus, you can camp in an RV or tent camp in a campground or the beach. There is so much to do at this little reservoir that the only people who don’t like it are those afraid of trout nibbling at their toes.
The sprawling 20,000-acre park, which rests mostly on USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, rivals Utah’s two largest state parks – Wasatch Mountain and Antelope Island. Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.
A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, 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 offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.
Sand Hollow is located approximately 15 miles east of St George and seven miles east of the I-15 Hurricane Exit. Visitors should exit I-15 at Exit 16 (Highway 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.
Opened to the public as a state park in 2003.
Park Elevation: 3,000 feet
Park Acreage: 20,000
Surface Water Acreage: 1,322
Sand Mountain OHV Acreage: 6,000
Sand Hollow State Park is one of the best places in St George to visit. Click HERE to see a video of the cliff jumping that’s so popular for teenagers and college students. These cliffs in the middle of summer are a hot spot for those daring to jump from the ledges above. Depending on the water level some of the cliffs are upwards of 60 feet high, so if you’re going to do it make certain you are aware of the dangers.
If cliff jumping isn’t your thing, then fishing, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, paddle-boarding and a litany of other lake activities are available to you. Also, if you do not own equipment, “The Beach at Sand Hollow” is a rental shop located right at sand hollow! The workers are very friendly and are more than happy to help fit your needs so you can enjoy a day in the sun!
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