Sand Hollow State Park
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Introduction

Deep red rocks and clear blue waters are the hallmarks of Sand Hollow State Park. Not many places in the middle of the desert can boast a refreshing reservoir surrounded by mountains, canyons, and miles of trails. Located right on the edge of Hurricane, Utah, this 20,000-acre state park is mostly within Bureau of Land Management land. One of Utah’s newest and most visited parks, you are just minutes from the famed Zion National Park, Utah’s first national park. Sand Hollow State Park is an exciting outdoor hub to set up your RV camp and explore. Whether it’s fishing, boating, hiking, biking, swimming, or paddling you desire, this park has it all.

If you’re feeling like a morning hike, Sand Mountain and the surrounding area offer an extensive
trail system to dust your boots. Naturalists will enjoy Sand Hollow as home to a wide variety of
wildlife species, including rabbits, foxes, lizards, and snakes. For those of you feeling the need
for speed and adventure, make your way to the Beach at Sand Hollow where you can rent
ATVs and UTVs to tear up the sand dunes. The store there has all the concessions you
require, and a full-service restaurant with great eats. From May through October, visit the Dive Shack at Sand Hollow to scuba dive at the reservoir, which is a unique experience. Two hours from Las Vegas, four hours from the Grand Canyon, and right near the city of St. George, Sand Hollow State Park is sure to be a dream location for your next RV location.

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Transportation in Sand Hollow State Park

Driving

Sand Hollow State Park is easy to access off of I-15. Open year-round and without driving restrictions, Sand Hollow allows for unrestricted movement whether you are in your rig or another vehicle. Road systems within the park are straightforward and easy to follow, as there are not too many routes to get turned around on. The main road in the park circles Sand Hollow Lake, offering an unparalleled opportunity to take a scenic drive while surrounded by the red rocks of the desert. A simple GPS search or glance at the atlas will get you to the neighboring Hurricane City, St. George, or Zion National Park without much hassle.

Park in the campground if you’re staying overnight, or at any of the designated areas around the park. The three main parking lots are near the campground and close to picnic areas. You can also cruise around on off-highway vehicles if you prefer. If you want to stretch your legs you can hike on any of the nature trails.

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Campgrounds and parking in Sand Hollow State Park

Campsites in Sand Hollow State Park

Reservations camping

Sand Pit Campground

Located right near the water’s edge within Sand Hollow State Park and south of Westside Campground, Sand Pit Campground provides a welcomed respite after a day of fun in the sun. This pet-friendly campground offers 30 campsites, six of which offer water and electric hookups. There are also five large group sites available. Restrooms and showers are located nearby. The campground is adjacent to the off-highway vehicle sand dune recreation area and is mostly geared towards off-highway vehicle riders. There is easy access off the park road encompassing the Sand Hollow Reservoir. You can make a reservation four months in advance.

Westside Campground

Geared toward the general public, this is one of two campgrounds in Sand Hollow State Park. At the Westside Campground, there are 38 full hook-up sites for RV campers to enjoy year-round. This pet-friendly campground is located near the main entrance on the eastern side of the reservoir. There are full modern bathrooms with hot showers, as well as sewage disposal and comfort stations on-site. Each site features a grill, picnic table, firepits, and a cabana for shade. No matter where you choose to set up your camp, you’ll enjoy gorgeous views of the red rocks and mountains all around you. You’ll be a stone’s throw from a boat launch area too, so you’ll be close to all the aquatic action at the lake. You can make a reservation four months in advance.

First-come first-served

Primitive Camping

If you are in the mood for a more rustic experience you can park your camper along the east and south shores and enjoy primitive camping. Up to eight people are allowed per vehicle in the primitive camping area. This is an undeveloped area, so there are no hookups. However, pit toilets and picnic tables are available. Plus, you’ll still get to enjoy breathtaking views of the reservoir right from your camp. If you are hauling a big rig, make sure you don’t park too close to the water so your tires won’t get stuck. Primitive camping is a great option, especially if you plan on taking your off-highway vehicle out into the dunes.

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Sand Hollow State Park

In-Season

Riding in UTVs

With large sand dunes and open spaces, this state park is an ideal playground for off-highway vehicle. As you’re traveling in your rig you may feel the need for speed and tight corners, so stop into the store and rent one. You’ll be tearing up the trails in no time. You can stay safe with ease since helmets are provided for riders and required to be worn. Two-person and four-person UTVs are available. Access from the store, straight to the dunes means you don’t have to worry about hauling. Just hop on and head out onto the trail. If you prefer to be a bit more pragmatic, you can tag along with experienced guides for a tour of the area and learn more about proper vehicle operation and safety. Either way, sun, and sand are sure to make for a peak experience and highlight of your stay.

Hiking

Take a trip to the Hurricane Canal Trail and muster up the energy for a moderately challenging, medium-length hike. Hurricane City, next door to Sand Hollow State Park, was originally formed in 1896. As an agricultural town in the south end of Utah, it was essential to get water from the
Virgin River up to the fields for farmers to water the crops. The problem was that water was in a deep ravine, so the ingenious settlers created a canal to facilitate the process. Since the canal is no longer in use, there is a hiking trail where it used to run, which is popular and accessible
trail for visitors like you. With many miles of trail across the vast state park lands, you will have no trouble finding one that suits your needs.

Boating and Fishing

Didn’t haul your 18-foot motorboat? Not to worry. At Sand Hollow State Park, they’ve got you covered. You can pop into the Beach at Sand Hollow and rent a rig for the water. The family will enjoy cannonballs off the bow as you cast a line into the reservoir while waiting for this evening’s dinner to take the bait. You’ll have the chance to catch several fish species such as bluegill and bass. Feeling a bit more high octane? Also not a problem. You can enjoy all the thrills water skiing, surfing, knee boarding, or tubing have to offer. If you’re looking to travel lightly, rent a jet ski and buzz around. Also, if you in the mood for the pace of a man-powered unit, the store offers kayak and paddle board rentals as well. There is even a 6-person stand-up paddle board available. While you’re in the desert, take advantage of this stunning oasis. Lay back and float as you catch the sunset view over Sand Mountain.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing

While you may not think of the desert has an active ecosystem, it's actually teeming with wildlife. You can spot all kinds of desert creatures amongst the sand dunes including foxes, coyotes, and rabbits. This area is home to lots of reptiles too including lizards, scorpions, and desert snakes. If you head out of the camper and go exploring, make sure to use caution so you don’t step on any unsuspecting critters. Make sure you pack your binoculars in your rig since you’ll have over 20,000 acres open for wildlife viewing.

Cliff Jumping

If you are looking for something a bit more adventurous there is nothing like cliff jumping at Sand Hollow State Park. With soaring cliffs that tower above the reservoir, you can take a dive into the glistening blue waters. Make sure you stay safe by getting advice from the rangers for the best areas for your thrilling dive. Plus, you should always check the water’s depth before you take the plunge. If you try this unique experience, it’ll make for an unforgettable video.

Picnicking

With sunny days most of the year, you can enjoy a picnic in the fall, winter, and spring. There are several picnic areas dotted around the lake, so you can enjoy a relaxing meal while enjoying spectacular views of the water, sand dunes, and mountains. There is no better way to experience the amazing scenery Utah has to offer than enjoying the serenity of a picnic in the midst of its natural beauty.

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