In the middle of the Greater Zion desert are several water oases, and Sand Hollow State Park is one of those crowning jewels. Whether it’s summer or our mild winters, this 20,000-acre park offers a little of everything – from sitting on the soft, orange shore to diving into emerald green waters to tearing it up on the sand dunes. Sand Hollow is a great destination in and of itself, but also fabulous for a day visit.
Sand Hollow State Park is also the famed swim location for the IRONMAN St. George and associated championships.
Things to Do
OHV on Sand Mountain
Just south of Sand Hollow State Park resides the BLM-managed Sand Mountain. Sand Mountain provides access for off-highway vehicles (OHV) to its 16,000 acres of canyons, ravines, sand dunes, and buttes that offer the highest quality ATVing. Bring your own vehicles or rent, or have a local guide lead your exploration of this adult playground. Stage your ride at the park.
Paddleboarding and Kayaking
Enjoy an early morning yoga session on a stand-up paddleboard or take an afternoon cruise around the rocky island on the western part of the lake. It’s one of the most peaceful activities you can find … until it turns into a splashing contest with your friends. Rentals for both kayaks or SUPs can be obtained at the store, The Beach at Sand Hollow, on the southern shore. Beyond lake gear, it’s also a place to grab lunch from their grill.
Boating and Jet Skiing
The Beach at Sand Hollow also has jet ski and power boat rentals, as well as wakeboards and tubes, available for those who want to go fast. At 1,322 acres, the lake is plenty big to get up to speed and rip around without feeling crowded. Pontoon and fishing boats are also in stock. Of course, you don’t have to rent; if you have all the toys, bring them to the easily accessible docking area.
Whether you are looking to get your scuba diving certification or want to add a deep dive to your adventure, Sand Hollow will deliver. Sunken in the lake is a Volkswagen bus, a Cessna 320 twin-engine airplane, an obstacle course, and more, creating some interesting exploration in the depths.
On the northwest shore, a rocky section of small cliffs are ideal for adrenaline-filled cliff jumping. Or swim or boat out to Desert Pearl Island, in the middle the reservoir. The height of the cliffs is dependent on the water level, but usually has at least 20 feet of free fall before reaching the clear, green water.
Plenty of camping space is available along the southern beach, for tents and RVs alike. Sand Hollow has 70 campsites in total, 42 of them with full hookups. The campsites along the beach are primitive camping, without tables or fire pits. Whether you are there for the lake or ATVing, this prime camping spot offers incredible views and conveniences. To make a reservation, visit the state park’s website.
With striking orange sand traps contrasting the rich greens and fairways, no golf course is more picturesque than Sand Hollow Golf Course and Resort. Repeatedly included in GolfWeek’s Top 100 Resort Courses, it’s also ranked number one in Utah. The resort is equally as beautiful and offers great variety with rooms, suites, condominiums, and vacation homes.
Dine out, or stay in a hotel with all the creature comforts you deserve, in the near by town of Hurricane. A great basecamp for mountain biking and ATVing, you can be out on a world-class trail in minutes from downtown.
Quail Creek is another beautiful state park with a reservoir that is minutes from Sand Hollow. Enjoy more boating, swimming, camping, and fishing with pristine views of the Pine Valley Mountains. Quail Creek also offers excellent mountain biking and hiking trails adjacent to the lake.