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Palisade State Park

Outdoor activities and plenty of wildlife.

Palisade State Park is located in Southern Utah. Just two and a half hours south of Salt Lake City, Utah is a stunning area filled with breathtaking scenery, outdoor activities and plenty of wildlife. Situated at the convergence of several major rivers and surrounded by fossil-laden cliffs that soar hundreds of feet above the riverbanks, Palisade State Park is one of Utah's most spectacular and unique parks.

The park offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife viewing. Campers may choose from several different campsites – some offer full hook-ups for RV camping while others simply provide primitive tent sites.

History

It is named for the sandstone formations that form the Palisade around it, which are believed to have been created by volcanic activity millions of years ago. Several artifacts from ancient cultures have also been found in the area, including projectile points and pottery shards from ancestral Puebloan people who once lived in the area.

Wildlife

Palisade State Park is known for its abundance of wildlife. Visitors may spot mule deer, elk, bobcats and mountain lions in the area. Other animal species seen regularly include coyotes, red foxes, rabbits and ring-tailed cats. Birdwatchers can observe golden eagles, bald eagles and peregrine falcons, as well as a variety of songbirds.

Geology

The park is renowned for its interesting geology. The entire area, including the Palisade cliffs and the rivers that run through it, are of sedimentary origin. Visitors can explore fossil-rich limestone formations, sandstone bluffs, eroded hillsides and riverbanks to discover a variety of fossils from long-gone creatures who once lived in the area.

Planning a trip to Palisade State Park

Palisade State Park is open year-round and features several different amenities, making it perfect for any type of vacation. Visitors should plan on bringing their own camping gear or renting a motorhome to stay in the park. There are also plenty of nearby attractions including museums, historic sites and other outdoor activities such as horseback riding and rock climbing.

When planning a trip to Palisade State Park, it is important to check with the park for specific rules and regulations. Visitors should also be aware of potential wildfire hazards and take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety. Finally, visitors should make sure to bring along plenty of supplies as there are no stores or other amenities within the park itself.

Palisade State Park is truly a stunning and unique place to visit. This beautiful section of Utah offers visitors plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, wildlife watching, and exploration of the area's colorful history and fascinating geology. Whether you’re looking for an escape from everyday life or a chance to connect with nature, Palisade State Park is sure to exceed all expectations.

lodging/camping

Palisade State Park offers a variety of camping options, from primitive tent sites to full hook-ups for RV camping. There are also several lodging options nearby, including hotels, cabins and bed and breakfast establishments in the towns of Manti, Utah and Gunnison, Utah.

dining

The nearby towns of Manti, Utah and Gunnison, Utah offer a variety of restaurants serving delicious meals ranging from casual to fine dining. Visitors can also find plenty of options for grab-and-go snacks and meals at convenience stores in the area.

Fees/permits

There are fees for Day Use, rentals, camping and the campground. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all amounts for Palisade State Park.

Pets

Pets are welcome in most areas of Palisade State Park, but must be kept on a leash at all times. Visitors should be aware that some areas may be off-limits due to wildlife considerations. Pets are also not allowed inside park buildings or on the beach.

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