Deena Loyola with Utah State Parks and Recreation makes these recommendations:
Fielding Garr Ranch at Antelope Island State Park – Syracuse
Fielding Garr established the island’s first permanent residence in 1848. Today, the ranch is home to Utah’s oldest Anglo-built structure still standing on its existing foundation. The Historic Fielding Farr Ranch represents 135 years of western ranching history. Enjoy a picnic in the shade of tall trees, a green oasis on the otherwise desert island.
Rock Cliff Recreation Area at Jordanelle State Park – Francis
Located on the southeast side of Jordanelle Reservoir, Rock Cliff Recreation Area is a cool and quiet location for your perfect picnic. Walk wooden boardwalks that span the Provo River. Plan your visit to coincide with a great Junior Ranger Program for the kids. Join the park naturalist in search of animals, raptors, and other secrets of Rock Cliff.
Fremont Indian State Park and Museum – Sevier
This museum preserves treasures from a Fremont Indian village. Inside the museum you’ll find pottery, baskets, and arrowheads. Enjoy a picnic on the banks of Clear Creek. Then, walk the many intertwined trails and discover hundreds of petroglyphs and pictographs left behind by the Fremont Indians.
Visit any State Park for Free!
New this year, Utah State Parks offers Check It Out! Visit one of 70 participating Utah libraries, use your library card, and check out a free Utah State Parks Annual Pass. Check out an Annual Park Pass as you would a book or CD, and visit the park of your choice. The Annual Park Pass allows the person who checks out the pass and up to seven guests in the same private vehicle, day-use entrance to most Utah State Parks. Passes are not valid at This Is The Place Heritage Park, and do not cover Davis County Causeway fees at Antelope Island State Park.
For information on Utah’s 43 state parks and museums, events and activities, and to get a list of participating libraries, please visit www.stateparks.utah.gov or call 877-UTPARKS.