Palisade State Park
Play 18-holes of golf, paddle or troll on Palisade Reservoir, then set up the perfect campsite. This park offers something for everyone, from its desert canyon golf course, RV and tent camping, to access for off-highway vehicle riding in nearby Six-Mile Canyon.
Individual campsite reservations can be made a minimum of two days in advance of arrival date and up to 4 months in advance. Group use reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance.
We have sites that have full hook ups and sites without hook ups. Each site has a picnic table, a fire ring and a grill. Firewood is available for $5/bundle. Each site also has a place to set up a tent and a place to set up your camp trailer.
If you don’t want to rough it in a tent or camp trailer, we also rent Cabins. We have 6 Cabins, 3 with Full Amenities 3 with Basic Amenities. New in 2019 we will be adding 3 more Basic Amenity cabins that will be closer to the lake. Our Full Amenities cabins have sleeping for up to 8 people with a heater/air conditioning unit and light and power. They also have a restroom with showers and toilet inside the cabin. Our Basic Amenities also sleep up to 8 people with a heater/ air conditioning unit with lights and power (no water). There are restrooms a short walk away.
We also rent Tent Cabins. The tents have a queen bed with a full trundle that slides underneath and a full size futon. Each cabin has a table and chairs and either a wooden or cement floor. There is no electricity in the tent cabins, so plan ahead, but please no propane lanterns. For both our Cabins and Tent Cabins you will need to bring your own linens or sleeping bags. Also we do not allow pets of any kind in or around the Cabins or Tent Cabins. If you bring a pet you will have to find somewhere else for it to stay.
The golf course measures 6,360 yards from the back tee markers but plays longer because all the par-5s play uphill. However, the golf course will challenge even the most advanced player because of the difficulties encountered around the greens. The mountain layout has an elevation change of 230 feet from 5885 feet at the base to 6115 at the top.
Though its expansive undulating greens are truly a test, the greatest challenge may be signature hole number 4. This 179-yard par-3 has an elevation drop of 70 feet and requires golfers to carry the ball over a canyon, and land it precisely on the green. A ball hit too long will hit into the mountain behind the green and ricochet anywhere. On the other hand, a ball hit too short will certainly come to rest in the canyon below. The Salt Lake Tribune has likened this hole to the famous 12th at Augusta National and the Deseret News had it on its “Best Holes” list for 2005.
Clubhouse amenities include golf shop, restaurant, club rental, clothing, equipment and accessories, food and beverages, private and group lessons, driving range, and cart rental. Tee times may be made seven days in advance.
Views and vistas of the natural surroundings are stunning. Many golfers use their cameras as much as their clubs. In addition to golf, Palisade State Park offers boating, camping, fishing, hiking, off-highway vehicle access, and a variety of other activities.
Arapeen OHV Trail System Map of the Manti La Sal Forrest Arapeen OHV Trail System. Map covers trails from Fairview to Mayfield including Sanpete and Emery counties.
Palisade to Ferron Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 40-47 (July-Oct)
From Palisade State Park, this trail heads up 6-Mile Canyon to Skyline Drive. The trail then heads north and loops back to Sterling town via North Fork, Arapeen OHV Trail #38. The extended ride on this map has a 50″ width restriction- Arapeen Trail #72.
Heliotrope Mountain Difficulty: Easy Miles: 72 (July-Oct)
This OHV ride heads up 6-Mile Canyon and loops around the south side of Heliotrope Mt. before passing Ferron Reservoir. At Skyline Drive the trail goes north and heads down Manti Canyon.
Funk Canyon Mt Musinia Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 28-39 (June-Oct)
This OHV trail heads up Funk Canyon and eventually connects to 12-Mile Canyon Road. The route loops back to Sterling via North Hollow and crosses 2 State Wildlife Management Areas.
Beaver Creek Henningson Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 33-38 (July-Oct)
This loop ATV ride heads up the Beaver Creek Road and connects with Skyline Drive at Gunnison Valley. There are several lakes in the area if you like to fish. The route heads north and returns to Mayfield via 12-Mile Canyon Road.
Harmon/Blue Meadow Loops Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 30 Combined, 20 Harmon/6 Mile, 27 Six Mile/Blue
From Palisade State Park this trail goes up Six Mile Canyon where you have some options. You can do the Harmon/Six Mile Loop, Six Mile/Blue Meadow Loop or combine them however you would like. Harmon Trail does have some 50 inch restrictions. These options are good for a shorter ride.
Ferron 90-Mile Loop Difficulty: Easy Miles: 90 (July-Oct)
From Palisade State Park this trail goes to Mayfield and up 12 Mile Canyon, around Trail 7, and down Six Mile Canyon. All main roads make for an easy fun trip with lots of scenery. Once you are down Six Mile you can cut over to the Palisade Golf Course Look-Out point before heading back.
Town Reservoir/Loveridge Flat Loop Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 60 Loveridge Flat or 48 Town Reservoir
From Palisade State Park this trail goes to Mayfield then up 12 Mile Canyon. There are several options you can take from here. You can do just the Town Reservoir Loop or keep going and add on the Loveridge Flat Loop. Trail #27 has a 50 inch restriction.
Harmon/Pinchot Loop Difficulty: Moderate Miles: 50 (July-Oct)
From Palisade State Park this trail heads up 6 Mile Canyon to the Harmon Trail #36. This trail has a 50 inch restriction. Connect with 6 Mile again and loop around to the Pinchot Trail #2. This trail also has a 50 inch restriction. Connect to 12 Mile Canyon and head down to Mayfield. Use the wildlife management road to get back to Sterling. Either at the beginning or end of your trip you can go to the Palisade Golf Course Look-Out for a great view.
Duck Fork Loop Difficulty: Moderate Miles:68 (July-Oct)
From Palisade State Park head up 6 Mile and turn left to Manti. On the way you can stop at the Golf Course Look-Out Point for a great view. Head up Manti Canyon were you can also stop at Milky Falls. There are some 50 inch restrictions on #73 and #72 as you make the loop. Come down 6 Mile Canyon and go to Trail #39 and #38 then back to 6 Mile Canyon to finish.
Fishing is great at Palisade State Park. Either from the shore or from a boat it doesn’t matter. Remember, only electric motors are allowed on the lake.
There are mainly 3 types of fish that you will catch in Palisade Reservoir. They are the Rainbow Trout, Tiger Trout and a very few Cutthroat Trout. We also have a few Gold fish that have been put into the reservoir. Here are some pictures and an explanation of each fish. The limit of fish you are able to take from Palisade Reservoir is 4 trout.
There are many opportunities for hiking around the campground and also around the area.
There is a great trail that travels around the west side of the reservoir and continues over the dam and around through the campground loop. It is just over one and a half miles to do the whole loop. There are also some trails that take you higher on the hillside west of the lake. Once you get up top you have great views of the valley and farmland down below. This trail is a great way to see the beautiful area and to get some exercise in for the day.
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