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2002 Summer Guide: National Parks, forests and monuments

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // June 11,2007 - 2002

There are over a dozen national parks and monuments in Utah, all within a day’s drive of Salt Lake City. The farther south you drive, the more red the rocks become. the Forest Service administers most of the mountains near Salt Lake.


ARCHES NATIONAL PARK


5 miles north of Moab, U.S. Hwy 191, 435-259-8161


The collection of eroded sandstone formations here is the largest of its kind in the United States. A road winds past many of the arches and many others can be found hiking.


BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK


270 miles south of Salt Lake, off Utah Hwy 12, 435-834-5322


The landscape of Bryce Canyon ranges of fantastical to eerie. Unique geology conditions result in columns and spires that must be seen. Sunrise or sunsets over the canyon are particularly enchanting.


CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK


20 miles south of Moab, Utah Hwy 313, 435-259-7194


Chopped into three distinct sections by the Colorado and Green Rivers, Canyonlands is best experienced off-road or on the rivers. Island in the Sky offers amazing vistas. Only sturdy hikers and bikers should try The Maze.


CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK


230 miles south of Salt Lake, Utah Hwy 24, 435-425-3791


Named for the white sandstone that resembles the buildings in Washington D.C., Capital Reef is dominated by colorful formations and cliffs.


CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT


25 miles east of Cedar City, Utah Hwy 14 to Utah Hwy 148, 435-586-9451


Cedar Breaks is home to Painted cliffs and colorful spires with nearby forests that are home to some of the world’s only Bristlecone pine trees, the oldest living things.


DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT


20 miles east of Vernal, Utah Hwy 149, 970-374-3000


In addition to the world’s largest quarry of Jurassic fossils anywhere, Dinosaur offers fantastic rafting on the Green and Yampa Rivers.


FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA


45 miles north of Vernal, off of Hwy 191. 435-784-3445


The park, known for some of the best trout fishing in the state, extends into Wyoming and covers over 200,000 acres.


GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA


691 Scenic View Dr., Page, AZ. 520-608-6200


Situated on the Utah-Arizona border, the area surrounds Lake Powell, a favorite vacation spot for water skiers and the like.


GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL MONUMENT


25 miles west of Brigham City, Utah Hwy 83, 471-2209


Commemorated here is the historic occasion of May 10, 1869, when the rails met and the country was connected.


GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT


300 miles south of Salt Lake, U.S. Hwy 89, 435-865-5100


The newest addition to our trove of national monuments, Grand Staircase is 1.7 million years of fabulous desert topography and geology.


HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT


The scenic Southeast Corner of Utah, 43 miles southwest of Cortez, CO. 435-719-2100


Visit six dwellings of pre-Columbian Pueblo Indians.


NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT


East of Lake Powell, Utah Hwy 95, 435-692-1234


Centered around three natural bridges cut by the Colorado or her tributaries, Natural Bridges offers great hiking and camping.


RAINBOW BRIDGE NATIONAL MONUMENT


Northeast of Page, Arizona, Lake Powell, 520-645-2471


Most accessible by boat from Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge is one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the largest free-standing natural bridge.


TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL PARK


East of American Fork, American Fork Canyon, 756-5238


In close proximity to Salt Lake City, the Cave is reached via a 1.5 mile hike and includes three separate limestone caverns.


WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST


524-5030


For information regarding fishing, camping, hiking or picnicking in the mountains surrounding Salt Lake City, contact the National Forest Service.


ZIONS NATIONAL PARK


325 miles south of Salt Lake, Springdale, 435-772-3256


From the wide-mouth canyon near Springdale to the bottleneck canyons of the Narrows, Zions impresses from start to finish, offering evidence of six distinct geological epochs.


STATE PARKS


There are a number of parks throughout the Salt Lake area and the rest of the state which are administered by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation. For camping reservations call the Division of Parks, 322-3770 or 800-0322-3770.


ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK


4528 W. 1700 South, Syracuse, 773-2941


The largest island in the Great Salt Lake can be accessed via a seven mile causeway from the town of Syracuse, about 40 miles north of Salt Lake. Home to a variety of wildlife, including buffalo at one time, the Island features sandy beaches and a boat marina.


EAST CANYON STATE PARK


5535 S. Hwy 66, Morgan, 829-6866


Just east of Salt Lake City is a 680 acre lake and forest area.


GREAT SALT LAKE STATE PARK


Exit 104 from I-80, west of Salt Lake City, 250-1898


Don’t let the smell or the bugs stop you from thinking this is a must-see salt water lake. The Great Salt Lake extends over 2,000 square miles and is saltier than the ocean. The park features a marina and picnic areas.


HISTORIC RAIL TRAIL STATE PARK


Park City, 435-649-6839


Hike, mountain bike, horseback ride or cross-country ski on this 28 mile trail that bans motor use.


JORDAN RIVER STATE PARK


1084 N. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, 533-4496


This park follows the Jordan River north and south through Salt Lake City, offering spots to land a raft or canoe, walking and biking trails and an exercise course.


ROCKPORT STATE PARK


I-80 East to Wanship, exit 156. 435-336-2241


THIS IS THE PLACE HERITAGE PARK


2601 Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City, 584-8391


Site of the Mormon pioneers entry into the Salt Lake Valley, the park features Old Deseret Village, a recreation of pioneer settlements, as well as the This is the Place monument, the Brigham Young Forest Farmhouse, and picnic areas.


WILLARD BAY STATE PARK


900 W. 650 North, #A, Willard, 435-734-9494


Freshwater lake open year-round for fishing, plus campsites and marinas.


COUNTY PARKS AND FACILITIES


Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation provides more than 60 facilities ranging from small city parks to vast recreation centers. For information concerning locations, availability and reservations, contact County Parks at 483-5473 or 368-2560.


Parks (with reservation facilities):


BIG BEAR


930 E. 9695 South


BIG COTTONWOOD


4300 S. 1300 West


CANYON RIM


3100 S. 3100 East


COPPERTON


8731 W. 10305 South


COUGAR


4800 W. 6400 South


CREEKSIDE


1664 E. 4800 South


DAVID GOURLEY


4300 W. 5015 South


EVERGREEN


2230 E. 3425 South


GRANITE PARK


2700 E. 10000 South


HARMONY


3700 S. Main


HILLSDALE


3275 S. 3200 West


HUNTER


3600 S. 6000 West


JORDAN RIVER TRAILHEAD


2320 S. 1000 West


MAGNA


8941 W. 2600 South


PLEASANT GREEN


3250 S. 8400 West


RIVERVIEW


5840 S. 700 West


SOUTHRIDGE


5051 S. 4015 West


SUGAR HOUSE PARK


2100 S. 1602 East


TANNER PARK


2700 E. 2760 South


TAYLORSVILLE


4721 S. Redwood Rd.


UNION


7360 S. 700 East


VALLEY REGIONAL


5100 S. 2700 West


WHEELER HISTORIC FARM


6351 S. 900 East, 264-2241


Pools:


DRAPER OUTDOOR POOL


657 E. Vestry Road, 495-1445


GENE FULLMER CENTER and POOLS


8015 S. 2200 West, 569-5090


JORDAN PARK and


SWIMMING POOL


1000 S. 900 West, 596-0072


LIBERY PARK and SWIMMING POOL


500 E. 900 South, 538-2062


MAGNA CENTER and POOL


3270 S. 8400 West, 250-2194


NORTHWEST CENTER and POOL


1300 W. 300 North, 596-0072


SOUTH COUNTY OUTDOOR POOL


12765 S. 1125 West, 253-4404


STEINER AQUATIC CENTER


855 W. California Ave., 974-2420


STEINER EAST AQUATIC CENTER


645 S. Guardsmen Way, 583-9713


TAYLORSVILLE OUTDOOR POOL


4915 S. 2700 West, 967-5506


WEST VALLEY OUTDOOR POOL


3100 S. 5600 West, 486-2560


WEST JORDAN OUTDOOR POOL


8125 S. 2200 West, 569-5090


Sports Facilities:


CENTRAL CITY RECREATION CENTER


615 S. 300 East, 538-2062


COPPERVIEW RECREATION CENTER


8446 S. 340 West, 561-0075


COTTONWOOD SOFTBALL COMPLEX


4302 S. 1300 East, 264-2237


COUNTY ICE CENTER


5201 S. Murray Park Lane, 270-7280


DIMPLE DELL RECREATION CENTER


10400 S. 1300 East,


495-1480


EAST MILLCREEK RECREATION CENTER


2230 Evergreen Ave.


272-2243


EQUESTRIAN PARK


10800 S. 2200 West, 254-0106


GENE FULLMER RECREATION CENTER


8015 S. 2200 West, 563-8440


HOLLADAY LIONS RECREATION CENTER


1661 E. Murray Holladay Rd. 421-0621


KEARNS RECREATION CENTER


5670 S. 4800 West,


967-4404


MARV JENSON FITNESS CENTER


10300 S. Redwood Road, 253-4404


NORTHWEST RECREATION CENTER


300 N. 1300 West, 596-0072


OQUIRRH PARK FITNESS


5624 S. 4800 West, 968-3844


REDWOOD RECREATION CENTER


3060 S. 1700 West, West Valley, 974-6923


VALLEY REGIONAL SOFTBALL COMPLEX


5135 S. 2775 West


WEST VALLEY ACCORD ICE CENTER


5405 W. 3100 South


CITY PARKS AND FACILITIES


Salt Lake City Parks and Recreation offers sports and other activities at more than 60 parks, 10 swimming pools, two tennis complexes, a youth recreation center and an aquatic center. The phone number is 972-7800. A partial listing of facilities:


Parks:


CHILDREN’S GARDEN


At Liberty Park, 972-7800


EAST MILLCREEK CENTER


2230 Evergreen Ave, 272-2243


GLENDALE YOUTH RECREATION CENTER


855 W. California Ave., 974-2420


KIWANIS-FELT CENTER


440 S. 900 East, 538-2064


SUNNYSIDE PARK


1600 E. Sunnyside Ave.


TANNER PARK


2700 E. Heritage Way


TRACY AVIARY


At Liberty Park, 596-8500


Pools:


Pools:


CENTRAL CITY SWIMMING POOL


615 S. 300 East, 538-2062


CRESTWOOD SWIMMING POOL


1700 E. Siesta Dr., 272-2243


FAIRMONT PARK AND POOL


2361 S. 900 East, 272-2243


REDWOOD SWIMMING POOL


3100 S. Redwood Rd., 974-6923


Sports Facilities:


DEE SMITH TENNIS CENTER


1216 S Wasatch Drive, 583-9451


LIBERTY PARK TENNIS CENTER


500 E. 900 South, 328-4711


SALT LAKE AREA AMUSEMENT CENTERS


In the greater Salt Lake area there are many places to enjoy some free time, whether being propelled at break-neck speed through the loops of a roller coaster, or just trying to break par on a miniature golf course.


LAGOON AMUSEMENT PARK


275 Lagoon Drive (15 miles north of SLC just off 1-15), 451-8000


The state’s largest amusement park features one of the nation’s oldest wooden coasters as well as kiddie rides, games, a water park, and plenty of other hours of fun.


RAD CANYON BMX TRACK


9730 S. 5250 West, 964-6502


RAGING WATERS


1200 W. 1700 South, Salt Lake City, 972-3300


A great place to be during the summer heat, at Raging Waters you can lounge in the wave pool or get shot out of a tube.


SEVEN PEAKS


1330 E. 300 North, Provo, 801-373-8777


Utah’s largest water park features all kinds of fun, including numerous slides, pools, volleyball areas and picnic facilities.


UTAH FUN DOME


4998 S. 360 West, Murray, 265-3866


This family entertainment center offers 2 18-hole miniature golf courses, bowling, laser tag, a 3-D theater, skating, video games and more.


HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION


3217 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 973-4386


The area’s newest amusement center features all kinds of great rides, games and food as well as a megaplex of cinema screens.


SALT LAKE AREA GOLF COURSES


Salt Lake City is known for its many fine golf courses that cover all ability levels and offer a variety of terrain. From nine-hole courses for novices to 18-hole championship-caliber links, the Salt Lake Valley has the right course for you.


BONNEVILLE GOLF COURSE


954 Connor, 583-9513


EAGLEWOOD GOLF COURSE


1110 E. Eaglewood Drive, 299-0088


FORE LAKES GOLF COURSE


1285 W. 4700 South, 266-8621


FOREST DALE GOLF COURSE


2375 S. 900 E. 483-5420


GLENDALE GOLF COURSE


1630 W. 2100 South, 974-2403


GLENMOOR GOLF COURSE


9800 S. 4800 West, 280-1742


THANKSGIVING POINT


2095 N. West Frontage Road, 768-7400


JORDAN RIVER GOLF COURSE


1200 N. Redwood Road, 533-4527


LAKESIDE GOLF COURSE


1201 N. 1100 West, 295-1019


MEADOWBROOK GOLF COURSE


4197 S. 1300 West, 266-0971


MICK RILEY GOLF COURSE


421 S. Vine, 266-8185


MOUNTAIN DELL GOLF COURSE


Parley’s Canyon, 583-3812


MOUNTAIN VIEW GOLF COURSE


2400 W. 8660 South, 255-9211


MULLIGAN’S GOLF


692 W. 10600 South, 254-3377


MURRAY PARKWAY GOLF COURSE


6345 S. Riverside Parkway, 262-4653


NIBLEY PARK GOLF COURSE


2780 S. 700 East, 483-5418


OLD MILL GOLF COURSE


6080 S. Wasatch Blvd., 424-1302


RIVERBEND GOLF COURSE


12800 S. 1040 West, 253-3673


ROSE PARK GOLF COURSE


1386 N. Redwood Road, 596-5030


SOUTH MOUNTAIN GOLF COURSE


1247 E. Rambling Road, 395-0500


UNIVERSITY GOLF COURSE


University of Utah, 581-6511


WEST RIDGE GOLF COURSE


5200 S. West Ridge Blvd., 966-4653


WINGPOINTE GOLF COURSE


3602 W. 100 North, 575-2345

 
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