Located just above the gorgeous Herber Valley in southern Utah, Jordanelle State Park contains a unique array of amenities not often found in state parks. Watersport enthusiasts will have an easy time getting in the water, while backpackers will love the deluxe walk-in campsites and verdant scenery.
Jordanelle State Park features 11 miles of trail network available to explore contained within the Rock Cliff Exploration Area. Found on the eastern shore of Jordanelle Reservoir, these trails all feature elevated boardwalks and informational trail displays, which makes getting to know the surrounding wetlands and rivers a total breeze.
Jordanelle's surrounding landscapes contain some 200 different types of bird and animal species, so make sure to keep a lookout for a glimpse of creatures like golden eagles, mule deer, red tail hawks, and hummingbirds to name a few. An additional 18 miles of trails are found on the north end of Jordanelle State Park, at the Ross Creek Trailhead.
This area provides access to several wild, unkempt trails that cater more to backpackers and overnight guests. Canines are welcome on all outdoor trails, provided they don't bother guests and are kept on a sturdy leash. Also contained within Jordanelle State Park is the Hailstone Recreation Area, a place for guests looking to have some fun in the water.
These facilities host amenities for things like fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, and motorboating on the adjacent Jordanelle Reservoir. A full-service marina offers boat owners a chance to make critical repairs or grab a few gallons of fuel. Rental services are provided for canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards provided you arrive early enough to claim one.
In 2010, an 8-lane boat ramp was built to accommodate the large general crowds that gather here in the summer months. Guests also have access to free public showers and restrooms included with their admission. Canines are unfortunately not allowed indoors in the Hailstone Recreation Area.
However, dogs are free to enjoy the water with their owners provided they're kept on a restraint at all times. Camping is offered via a third party at the Rock Cliff Exploration Area. There is more info available, which can be found on the Utah State Parks' website.