There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure in Utah state parks. Between free-range bison, coral pink sand dunes, sandstone goblins, stargazing, and pictographs, there are a host of unique things to see when making your way from one park to the next. Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, and boating and a lot of these parks have interesting ties to the state's history, including the Mormon Chuch and fur traders of the 1800s.

01Antelope Island State Park

Antelope Island Buffalo photoBlueIce / Getty Images

Antelope Island State Park is located on a peninsula in the Great Salt Lake northwest of Salt Lake City. Backcountry trails provide opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding and the sandy beach by the lake is the perfect place to relax. This park is home to free-range bison, mule deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, and countless birds that take advantage of the 40 fresh water springs in the park to survive. Be sure to visit the historic Fielding Garr Ranch located in the park as well. It is the first permanent residence on the island and the oldest Anglo-built structure in Utah that still stands on its original foundation.