It’s no secret that my girls and I love to road trip, but one of our favorite destinations is just a day trip for us. It’s called Palisade State Park, just east of Sterling, Utah.
We go to Palisade at least three to four times a month during the summer months. It’s inexpensive ($8 per vehicle for a day pass), and they have paddle boats, paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes available to rent for those of us who don’t have the kind of vehicle to be able to buy and bring our own! The park does not allow motorized boats, which makes it so much nicer for those who are there to play on non-motorized vessels, and so peaceful for spectators. There is also a golf course separate from the State Park that I’ve heard is a really fun course to play, and at the clubhouse, there is a great little restaurant called Lakeside Grill that has THE BEST turkey, bacon, avocado sandwich and homemade fries that I’ve probably ever had! Yum!
On a sidenote, if you enjoy checking out the various state parks in Utah, I would definitely suggest that you purchase a Utah State Parks Annual Pass. At $75 ($35 for Seniors) I think it’s a steal! It would only take me going to Palisade ten times to pay for itself, and it’s good for every state park in Utah except This is the Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. The first time I purchased a state parks pass was about four years ago, and I saw more of Utah that year than I had seen in the 30 years previous that I have lived here! The pass gives me a great excuse to get my girls out of the house for the weekend. Many of the parks (including Palisade) have campgrounds as well, which makes for very affordable and memory making accommodations!
This summer was especially fun for my girls because the first time we made it to Palisade, early July, they discovered a little area near our beach that was FULL of tadpoles and pollywogs! Every time we went to Palisade, they would go to check on them, and they were able to watch them grow throughout the summer. Here are a few pictures:
Palisade has an area of sandy beach at the north end, but my favorite place to set up our picnic blanket and camp chairs is a grassy area with huge shade trees along the east side of the park. I love having the shade (I have very fair skin, and so does one of my girls) and it makes it enjoyable even on the hot summer Utah days that can get into the low 100s. Plus, there is a well-kept bathroom nearby if you plan to spend the day.
The views from the beach are so pretty. It just feels like heaven to me!
I think our favorite rentals we’ve tried this summer have been the kids kayaks and the paddle boards! Somehow I don’t have a picture of myself on the paddle board… Could it be because I’m always the one taking the pictures? Of course it is! But I ensure you that both my girls and I had so much fun on them, and the staff at the park made it so easy to get them rented and returned.
We even went fishing when we camped overnight! My daughter wanted to take her fish home to eat instead of releasing it, and I made her promise that she would be the one to gut and scale it. (Not the job for me. Yuck.) Thanks to YouTube video tutorials, she actually did it, and it was delicious! Yay for learning new skills!
All of that fun eventually leads to scenes like this:
As you can tell from the pictures and my post, we LOVE Palisade. If you’ve never been there, you should check it out, especially before the end of the summer!