31 family summer destinations in Southwestern Utah

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If you find yourself north of Hanksville near the junction of Highway 24 and I-70, you owe it to yourself to head just a few miles northwest to visit Black Dragon Canyon. Black Dragon has some fantastic panels of pictograph rock art, including one that resembles a... nope, it's a RED dragon. No, I don't know who named the canyon.

To get there, go west on I-70 just past mile marker 147 and turn north through a gate (which you should close behind you) onto a dirt road. Continue north for about a mile and turn left. Drive the rough road as far as your vehicle allows and walk up the canyon from there. Depending on your vehicle, the hike will be a short, level and beautiful 0 to 1/4 mile up a surprisingly deep canyon.
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Magna Ute Fan
Magna, UT

Great stuff! We need to get back down there!

David C
Seattle, WA

Very helpful article and a fun read. Please keep these coming!

Casey See

You have left off at least three or four other places to visit that need to mentioned.
1. the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. More ATV, Dirt Bike and 4WD commercials have been shot here than nearly anywhere else. It is just 20 miles from either Kanab or Orderville. Great place to hike even without an ATV.
2. Cedar Breaks National Monument - a mini Bryce Canyon type of place near Brianhead Ski resort on Cedar Mountain.
3. The Grand Staircase - too many different sections to describe here, but slot canyons and red cliffs galore.
4. Cedar Mountain - Navajo Lake, volcanic caves, and trout fishing just to name a few. Site of many movies.
5. Beaver Mountain

While technically not in Utah but most accessible routes to them are through Utah, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and Great Basin National Parks.

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