Dixie National Forest
Surrounding the park to the east and south are the majestic Dixie National Forest mountains. This area is home to some of the highest peaks in Utah, such as Mount Trumbull at 11,312 feet and Navajo Mountain at 10,388 feet. The impressive elevation changes in this region form many interesting geological features such as fault lines, sedimentary rock layers, river erosion, glacial deposits and volcanic activity. Visitors can view these features from many of the park's hiking trails, as well as take advantage of the mountain biking and horseback riding opportunities.
The Colorado Plateau is an area of immense geological complexity, with numerous layers of sedimentary rock, exposed faults and volcanoes. It's also home to some of the largest desert canyons in North America such as Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Grand Canyon. From Frontier Homestead State Park you can observe the spectacular layers of sedimentary rock that form the walls of these canyons. You may even be able to catch a glimpse of rare desert wildlife, such as the endangered California condor. The Colorado Plateau is an incredible geologic wonder and visiting Frontier Homestead State Park is the perfect way to experience it in all its glory.
The varied landscapes in this area are a result of millions of years of erosion and weathering. The deserts near the park have been shaped by wind, water, and extreme temperatures, while the mountains have been formed through upliftment and seismic activity. In addition, the park also includes areas of volcanic activity with numerous cinder cones and basalt flows visible from the trails. Visitors can also explore the ruins of old homesteads and ranches, evidence of the long history of human settlement in this region.
Great Basin Desert
The Great Basin Desert to the west of the park is a large region of sagebrush and desert basin which also contain many ancient sites such as rock art left by Native Americans. This area has been shaped over time by river, wind and erosion and has been home to many species of wildlife including bighorn sheep, antelope, coyotes and wolves. The desert also contains an incredibly diverse array of plant life with hundreds of species adapted to the extreme climate.