Why Wasatch Mountain State Park Is Perfect For Out of doors Recreation


The biggest problem with national and state parks in Utah is choosing which ones to visit (unfortunately, you can’t visit all of them). To add to the dilemma of choosing from the five national parks and many state parks, consider adding Wasatch Mountain State Park to your tentative list. National parks in Utah include some of the most popular national parks in the United States.

Located in northern Utah in Wasatch County, Wasatch Mountain State Park is just one of 40 state parks in Utah. Take time at Wasatch Mountain to explore the unusual waterway of the Great Salt Lake – the largest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere.

Why Wasatch Mountain State Park is great for outdoor recreation

Wasatch Mountain State Park is the most developed state park in Utah and is named for the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Like many Utah parks, it has a high elevation (about 5,900 feet or 1,800 meters) while wildlife includes moose, deer, elk, wild turkey, and more.

In short, Wasatch Mountain State Park is ideal for outdoor recreation and enjoyment. There are many outdoor sports and activities here (but no water sports as it is a lake or reservoir).

  • Size: 8,738 ha (21,592 acres)
  • Established: 1961
  • Entrance fee: $10.00 per car (daily use fee)

It is one of the most popular state parks in Utah and is located near Salt Lake City. Many of Utah’s attractions are remote, but at least Wasatch is easy to get to. It is an outdoor playground with year-round activities.

Sights close-by

Other area attractions include Park City – famous for its world-class resorts and independent films. The site has more than 400 miles of trails and is the world’s only International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) certified gold-level riding center.

  • Top sights nearby: Park City and Heber Valley

Another area attraction is the Heber Valley, which amazes visitors with its alpine splendor. It is a place of exclusive resorts, authentic restaurants and golf.

See also: Utah Destination: What to Expect When Visiting the Western Hemisphere’s Largest Salt Flats

Camping at Wasatch Mountain State Park

The state park has about 139 campgrounds (plus two group pavilions). Facilities include (hot) showers, toilets and utility hook-ups.

Stay at Pine Creek Campground. Those who want to be sure can book up to 16 weeks in advance (group reservations are possible 11 months in advance). Reservations can be made online or by calling the reservations office. Stays are limited to 14 days in any 30 day period.

  • Campsite: Pine Creek Campground
  • Reservations: Available up to 16 weeks in advance
  • Phone call: (800) 332-3770

The park also offers cabins for rent – and these are also available during the winter months. They can also be reserved up to 16 weeks in advance.

Also see: Visit Utah’s Snow Canyon, where you can explore lava tubes and sand dunes

Activities at Wasatch Mountain State Park

The park offers activities such as hiking, off-roading, horseback riding, camping, picnicking, and in the winter, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow tubing. It even has golf courses.

  • When to go: See the park in different seasons

Enjoy a morning of golf there. There are not one or two, but four 18-hole golf courses to choose from.

  • golf courses: Four 18-hole golf courses
  • Popular golf courses: Wasatch Mountain and Soldier Hollow golf courses

In the summer there are over 19 miles of trails for biking or hiking.

In the winter months

In winter, the park turns into a winter wonderland. The Soldier Hollow Nordic Center there even hosted some events from the 2002 Winter Olympics. Soldier Hollow has the longest snow tubing track in the state and is fully equipped with drag lifts and night tubing.

The venue is open to the public year-round and athletes and recreational athletes use the facility. In winter you can enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and tubing through the breathtaking alpine terrain.

  • Olympic Winter Games 2002: Partially hosted at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center

In the autumn months

Head into fall and see the leaves turn orange, magenta, and purple. Fall is also a great time to catch a glimpse of the area’s wild turkey, moose, and elk. This is when they descend the mountains to lower elevations as winter approaches.

  • Autumn: Great for foliage and spotting wildlife