Utah’s state parks include sites of geological, anthropological, scenic, historic, or recreational interest. Dead Horse Point State Park, in the eastern part of the state, affords spectacular scenic views of canyons, buttes, mesas, and colorful cliffs. Newspaper Rock State Historical Monument in Indian Creek Canyon, is known for its pictographs, prehistoric drawings by Native Americans. Located along the west bank of the Green River is Green River State Park; in the scenic southwestern corner of the state is Dixie State Park.
This Is the Place State Park, near Salt Lake City, includes a huge granite and bronze monument commemorating the arrival of the Mormons in Utah. Territorial Statehouse State Park, in Fillmore, includes Utah’s first capitol building, which dates from 1855. Anasazi State Park, in south central Utah, contains replica Anasazi dwellings and has a museum of artifacts from a nearby ancient Native American village. Bear Lake, Willard Bay, Rockport Lake, and Scofield Lake state parks have facilities for picnicking and water sports.
Utah’s national forests offer facilities for hiking, riding, camping, hunting, and other recreational activities. The largest forest, Dixie National Forest, covers a section of rugged country in the southwest. In the northeastern corner is Ashley National Forest. Within the forest is the beautiful Red Gorge of the Green River and the Flaming Gorge Dam. Fishlake National Forest, which is principally in south central Utah, is divided into four sections. It includes Fish Lake, which is popular for trout fishing. Other national forests include Manti-La Sal, Sawtooth, Caribou, Wasatch-Cache, and Uinta national forests. "Utah" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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