Jordanelle State Park | Rock Cliff Area

We’ve added a State Park tab to our blog and this has forced us to take a look at some of the state parks in Utah. Some of the state parks are specifically for water recreation activities, and we didn’t think we’d have much use for them (we aren’t boaters or serious fishermen). Still, we found ourselves at Jordanelle State Park this week.

Rock Cliff Area

We had no idea that there was a Visitor’s Center (called the Nature Center) with a small museum, a nature walk, and a Junior Ranger Program. We paid that state park entrance fee ($15) and drove to the Nature Center. Inside we were surprised by the array of animals. Stuffed bears, beavers, birds, and a live lizard inhabit the small museum.

There is a small Nature Center at the Rock Cliff area.
A large grizzly bear is only display.
Our boys loved the live lizards.
There were a lot of animals to see.

As we sat on the back deck working on our Junior Ranger badges we spotted black-chinned hummingbirds, yellow warblers, and American goldfinches fluttering about the feeders. The pond was mostly dried up due to the hot summer, but we walked the boardwalk down to the river and threw a few rocks.

We pushed our stroller along the boardwalk.
There was a nice stream to follow on the boardwalk.
It was a nie trail with bridges and water.
We loved watching the birds from the large deck area by the Nature Center.

Jordanelle State Park

There are two sides to Jordanelle: Rock Cliff (where the Nature Center is located) and Hailstone (where there are beaches, a playground, and picnic areas). We spent our time on this visit in the Rock Cliff side, so we didn’t check out the swimming options, but this is what Jordanelle is mostly used for. There are also campgrounds and 2 cabins located at Jordanelle State Park. To read about our visit to Hailstone and the beach, visit this post.

We were pleasantly surprised by Jordanelle State Park, and we’re committed to visit many more state parks in the future!

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  1. Melanie

    That looks fun, even though I have no idea where that is. I should buy a map of Utah. 🙂

  2. Amy

    Hey Natalie- since reading your posts we decided to do the Bryce Canyon Jr. Ranger program! TJ and Erica LOVED it!! thanks so much!