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Quail Creek State Park

Quail Creek State Park is exactly where you want to be.

Quail Creek State Park is a stunning outdoor oasis located in southwestern Utah. Situated on the shores of Quail Creek Reservoir, this park offers visitors a chance to get away from it all and explore the unique beauty that Utah has to offer. With its majestic red rocks, beautiful deep blue waters, and wide-open spaces, Quail Creek State Park is a perfect spot for camping, fishing, hiking, and more.

At the heart of Quail Creek State Park is its namesake reservoir. Spanning over 600 acres, the reservoir is home to a variety of fish species including cutthroat trout, catfish, bass, and bluegill. It's also a great spot to try your hand at fly-fishing, trolling, and more. There are plenty of boat ramps and docks around the lake so you can easily launch your boat into the water for a day on the lake.

History

Quail Creek Reservoir was completed in 1985 to help with irrigation in the St. George, Utah area. A good portion of the water doesn't come from Quail Creek but from the Virgin River and is then transported via a buried pipeline. In 1986, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation established Quail Creek State Park to protect and preserve this amazing shoreline. Since then, the park has become a popular destination for outdoor recreation in southwestern Utah.

Wildlife

Quail Creek State Park is home to a wide array of wildlife species. Commonly seen animals include deer, coyotes, raccoons, badgers, and rabbits. Bird watchers will also be delighted as the park is home to a variety of birds including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, herons, cormorants, and more. Visitors may also spot snakes and lizards that live in the area.

Geology

The unique landscapes of Quail Creek State Park are due to its geological features. The red sandstone cliffs that rise above the lake were formed millions of years ago when sand and mud eroded off the nearby mountains into a shallow sea. Over time, this sediment compacted and formed the beautiful red rocks that are so iconic in southern Utah.

Planning a trip to Quail Creek State Park

Quail Creek State Park is a great destination for anyone looking to get away and explore the outdoors. Camping is a popular activity at the park and there are plenty of campsites available to accommodate tent and RV camping. Reservations can be made in advance through the Utah State Parks website, or visitors may take their chances and show up onsite. Additionally, the park offers boat rentals so you don't have to bring your own vessel if you just want to spend a day out on the water fishing.

Aside from fishing and camping, there is plenty more to do at Quail Creek State Park. Hiking and mountain biking are popular activities, as the park has plenty of trails for all skill levels. There are also picnic areas, playgrounds, and even a swimming beach where visitors can take a dip in the cool waters of the reservoir.

lodging/camping

If you're looking to make a weekend out of your Quail Creek State Park experience, there are plenty of lodging options available nearby. There are several campgrounds in the area that offer tent and RV camping, as well as lodging facilities such as cabins and lodges. There are plenty of hotels and motels in Hurricane, Utah and St. George, Utah if you want a more luxurious stay while visiting the park.

dining

If you don't want to bring your own food, there are plenty of dining options in the area. In Hurricane, Utah and St. George, Utah — both located less than 30 minutes away from Quail Creek State Park — you can find restaurants that serve Mexican, American, Italian, and Chinese cuisine. If you're looking for a more casual dining experience, fast-food restaurant chains are also available in these nearby towns.

Fees/permits

For day-use fees, it's $15 per vehicle with up to eight people and $10 for Seniors 65 and older. Camping fees are $28 per night for the primitive site and $40 per night for one of the sites with water and power. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all amounts for Quail Creek State Park.

Pets

If you're planning on bringing your furry friend along with you, pets are allowed at Quail Creek State Park as long as they remain on a leash and under control. However, they are not permitted in any of the buildings or on the beaches. Additionally, pet owners must also pick up after their animals.

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