Sand Hollow State Park is just south of Hurricane, Utah and about 20 minutes northeast of St. George and sits along the Sand Hollow Reservoir. The reservoir, surrounded by red sand dunes, beaches, and rocks offers boating and fishing and even though it is quite small it is very popular, even in the winter months. It began filling in 2002 and has a capacity of 1,000 acres. Utah is one of those states in a drought at this time so the water levels are low.
On the south side of the reservoir is the beautiful Cotton Tree Cove Group Day Use Area which has some Cottonwood trees and picnic tables along the beach. Beautiful. The south side also offers a boat rental area and a restaurant and lots of OHV trails with a tunnel access to the trails on Sand Mountain.
The State Park offers two campgounds, Westside Campground on the west side of the reservoir with full hookups and Sandpit Campground on the south side of the reservoir which offers dry camping (and a few electric sites) and allows OHVs with easy access to the OHV trails. Westside Campground prohibits the driving of OHVs in the campground. If you have your OHV then stay at Sandpit for easy access to the trails or if you want some peace and quiet and staying away from OHVs then stay at Westside.
The Westside Campground offers spacious sites (reservable) with full hookups and spectacular views of the mountains in most directions. I-15 is only a few miles away as the crow flies but we didn’t hear any traffic noise. The campground is somewhat tiered with the highest and most popular sites being 15-27. Being higher up means they have excellent views of the surrounding mountains. Even though the park wasn’t even close to full in November those sites were all reserved.
Campground: Sand Hollow State Park – Westside Campground
Location: Hurricane, Utah (about 10 miles south)
Comments: A lovely, peaceful campground with spacious sites and outstanding views.
Westside Campground Photos
Sandpit OHV Camground Photos
One of the boat launch parking lots, as seen below, is quite large. During November the parking area wasn’t very full but due to the huge size of the lot it makes us think this reservoir can be very crowded during the peak season. For such a small reservoir and with low water levels it is hard to believe. We saw people launching their fishing boats, speed boats, and wave runners. The reservoir size seems too small for utilizing speed boats and wave runners but….oh well. It is still a beautiful area.