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Located just over 100 miles south of Salt Lake City, Yuba State Park is Utah's hidden gem. With warm waters and sandy beaches, it is no wonder people come from miles around to rent an RV near Juab County. Perched around the Yuba reservoir, it got its name from the people who built the dam, which was built between 1902 and 1917. The reservoir is the key attraction at this state park, with its glinting waters offering a range of recreational opportunities for its many visitors.
Once you have had enough of the beautiful warm water of the Sevier Bridge Reservoir, the fun does not stop there. Hike around the shores, take a zip lining adventure through the trees or make use of the camping facilities the options are endless in this year-round park. Basing yourself in the park is also a great way to explore the surrounding area, including Manti, Fillmore, and Nephi.
For those that love an adrenaline rush, the zip lining adventure at the state park should not be missed. There are two lines, one 650 foot, and one 850 foot, located just north of the Oasis state park RV campground. Feel the wind in your hair as you hurtle over the picturesque landscape, giving you a chance to see the park from a completely different perspective.
Hiking is a great activity to enjoy within the park and is one of the reasons people come motorhome camping in the area. Some visitors enjoy searching for remnants of the site's history, much of which can be seen by those who search hard enough. Sometimes rock art and prices of pottery belonging to the ancient Native Americans can be found in the area, as well as some stone tools and remnants of mining and ranching. For many, it can be very exciting to uncover a price of history, but anything that's found should not be disturbed and reported to the Utah State Parks and Recreation.
Avid anglers may fish in the waters of the reservoir and are often richly rewarded. Anglers regularly fish for rainbow trout, walleye, catfish, and northern pike. Taking a boat out onto the water is a great way to see the park from another perspective and an added opportunity to spend a day out on the water with friends and family.
When it comes to camping in Yuba State Park, there are plenty of options available. Oasis Campground is one of the main developed campgrounds which has room for up to 28 RVs. These grounds are equipped with all the modern facilities needed for a comfortable stay such as showers, a boat ramp, a day-use pavilion, and the park headquarters.
For those looking for a more primitive way to go RV camping at Yuba State Park, there are a couple of options. As the name suggests, Beach campground has a lovely sandy beach with picnic tables and fire rings for making use of the great outdoors. West Beach camping area also offers both a sandy and gravel beach with calling available right up to the water’s edge.
For the best of both worlds, Painted Rocks campground is semi-developed with 41 campsites available for both tents and RVs. There is also a group campsite here with a pavilion able to accommodate up to 150 people. This campsite has an RV dump station, shaded canopies, and drinking water.
While exploring Yuba State Park, you’ll easily be in driving distance to Salt Lake City, which is worth exploring in its own right. The city has a large arts and culture scene, with a number of art galleries including 15th Street Gallery, Anthony’s Antiques and Fine Art and Art Access, to name just a few. There is an extra special vibe on Gallery Stroll Nights, which takes place on the third Friday of the month. In addition, murals and installations dot the downtown district, such as the Beatles cover art tribute in the Pierpont Place neighborhood. With so many things to do, it is hardly surprising that so many people get a Salt Lake City camper rental every year.
For those that are into both sports and history, a visit to the Utah Winter Olympic Park is a must. The state held the winter games back in 2002, and now the park remains as a memorial to this legacy. The Olympic venue is located in Park City and covers 400 acres with a sliding track, six Nordic ski jumps, a 2002 Winter Games museum and a huge range of adventure activities that are now open for visitors to enjoy.
Very close to the park is the popular Thanksgiving Point Institute, a non-profit farm, garden and museum complex which is ideal for family fun entertainment while also providing valuable learning experiences. Visitors have the option to roam with dinosaurs at the Museum of Ancient Life, take a walk around Ashton Gardens, investigate the processes of a working farm and take on the high ropes course at the Museum of Natural Curiosity.