Located amid sandstone cliffs and the San Pitch Mountains, Huntington State Park offers some of the best water activities in Utah. Come during the summer to cool off in the refreshing waters of Huntington Reservoir, and enjoy the sun with your family.
Huntington State Park is one of the best state parks in Utah for fishing since the reservoir is a popular stop for anglers all year-round. Visit anytime to see if you can catch one of nearly a dozen species that populate the reservoir. You can even try your hand at fly fishing and ice fishing if you come during the winter months.
Right in the middle of Utah, Huntington State Park has more than just water sports. You’ll also get plenty of scenic views walking around the park, with snow-capped mountains looming in the background. At night the park has such clear skies that you will see more stars here than you have ever seen. Bring a telescope in your motorhome so you can get a good view of the planets.
If you bring an ATV, you can access nearby trails that will give you miles of riding. There are 25 campsites within the park with modern amenities, so you can camp in your RV in comfort. Huntington State Park is an excellent destination for you and your family, especially during the summer months.
Huntington State Park is within driving distance of most of Utah’s major cities, making it easily accessible by RV. If you are driving from Salt Lake City, take I-15 and US-6, and you’ll arrive at the park in a little over two hours. The route from Provo is the same. Simply take US-6, and you’ll reach Huntington State Park in less than two hours. You can also take I-70 from the south or US-191 from the east. Some of the roads are a bit winding and mountainous if you are coming from the west, but nothing an RV can't handle by taking it slow.
While you are in the neighborhood, stop by Price Canyon Recreation Area, Pioneer Park, or the Manti-La Sal National Forest for some hiking, biking, and mountain climbing as well as swimming, boating, and fishing. With all of the mountains nearby, it would be a shame to miss out on them if you like climbing or hiking. Pioneer Park is known for some of the most amazing caverns, cracks, and holes to explore in the red rock sandstone.
Once you’ve arrived at the park, getting to the campsites is easy. Turn off UT-155, and you will reach the main campground shortly. The park is fairly small, so there aren’t many roads, but every main area can be driven to directly with your RV. The straight and wide paved roads make it easy to maneuver no matter how long your motorhome or trailer is.
There are 25 campsites directly within the park, and they can all easily be accessed from Highway 122. They are all located in one main campground that is near the main areas of the park. All of the campsites are within walking distance of showers and bathrooms. The campsites also all feature electrical and water hookups, but a few select sites that feature sewer hookups as well. There is also a dump station nearby if you need to dump the black tank. The campsites also all have fire pits and grills, as well as a picnic table.
The specific details about your site can be seen online, so check before you book to make sure that you have the right one for your needs. Take note that the maximum RV length is 45 feet. No matter which campsite you choose, you’ll be a quick walk from the shores of the reservoir, the beach, and the boat ramp. Campsites are available for reservation online from March through October. For the remainder of the year, the park remains open, but all campsites are first-come, first-served. Bring your furbuddies along because they are welcome but need to be on a leash and supervised at all times during your stay.
Campsites are available for reservation online from the months of March through October. For the remainder of the year, the park remains open, but all campsites are first-come, first-served.
Be sure to bring your snowmobile along if you are camping during winter months because the Huntington Reservoir ATV Trail on Miller’s Flat Road is perfect for snowmobiling after the white stuff falls. The trail takes you about 10 miles to Miller Flat and back around Middle Mountain along Indian Creek. You’ll enjoy flying along the roads in the crisp white snow, but make sure to practice proper trail etiquette --here may be others out on the trail besides you.
Even if it’s a bit chilly, gather up the family into the rig and head to Huntington State Park for a picnic. Although the cabanas are not large enough for more than about eight people, the spot is right on the water and has a barbecue grill as well as a large picnic table to use. If you have a larger group, the park has a reservable group picnic pavilion that can accommodate you and up to 49 of your guests. The maximum number of vehicles is 10 and each vehicle has to pay an entrance fee.
If you plan a trip during the winter months, you may be able to ice fish. Put on your heavy winter gear and head out of the rig and onto the lake to see if you can hook an unsuspecting fish. You’ll find bluegill, trout, largemouth bass, and catfish. The fish are often partially shut down as the temperature drops, so you’ll want to use slow-moving baits. And you’ll need to be patient. The lake doesn’t always freeze over completely, so check with the park before you go out onto the lake. And always be careful out on the ice, as thickness and strength can vary greatly throughout the season.
Huntington State Park has more to offer RVers outside of the water. Walk around the shore of the reservoir and take in the breathtaking views of the water and nearby mountains. You can also connect to other trails around the park if you want a longer hike through the surrounding areas. If you come during the winter, you’ll see the mountains blanketed in snow. Or come in spring and watch as the park comes back to life.
The reservoir at Huntington State Park offers excellent fishing year-round. The boat ramp makes it easy to get out onto the water. Once you’re on the lake, you’ll be able to catch a wide variety of fish species including largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill, and trout. Fishing tends to be best during the period of April to September when the fish tend to be more active. However, the peak fishing period for each species can vary. Come at different times throughout the year to get a whole new experience each time. Be sure to get a Utah fishing license first.
If you want a more active time out on the water, you’ll be able to partake in a wide range of water sports at Huntington State Park. Motorized boats are allowed, so water skiing is a popular choice for visitors to the park. The boat ramp makes the lake easy to access. You can also paddleboard, use a canoe, or go out onto the water on a pontoon boat. Kayaks are available for rent and allow you to explore the reservoir on your own.
If you want a higher speed tour around the area, consider bringing an ATV like a four-wheeler, side-by-side, buggy, or even a dirt bike. When you are camping at Huntington State Park, you can access ATV trails directly from the park. Use your campground as your home base as you explore the rest of the park and the surrounding area. The Wedge Overlook Trail is almost 12 miles of beautiful scenery to ride through on a nice easy trail. The 13.8-mile San Rafael River Gorge Trail will give you more of a challenge though if you want one. Make sure you wear a helmet and other protective equipment when riding.
Huntington State Park also features a sandy beach on the reservoir, making it the perfect place to soak up the sun on a summer day and relax after a day out on the water. You can rent life vests from the park if you have young children. There are also picnic tables conveniently located nearby. So, you can have lunch and enjoy the spectacular views of the water and the mountains on the horizon. Swimming is excellent from late April until September. The reservoir is fairly small, so there can be some crowding during peak times in the summer. Don’t forget the sunscreen in your campervan.