Mystery Destination: Have You Visited This State Park?

As we look forward to fall, we're thinking about exploring the desert southwest. We've chosen a  state park for this week's Mystery Destination. Read the five clues below, look at the photos then leave your guess in the comments below if you think you know the name of this interesting geologic state park.

Road Through State Park Photos by Frank Kovalchek


  • Dedicated in 1935, this park is the oldest and largest state park in this state.

  • The park's name comes from the red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes over 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the unique landscape.

  • This park is located just 6 miles away from the largest reservoir in the United States.

  • If you stop to hike or camp at this state park, chances are you are on your way to the nearby city for some gambling or to see some shows.

  • Bring your camera because a hikes in this beautiful country will bring you to 3,000 year old Native American petroglyphs, petrified wood and interesting rock formations.


Do you know the name of the state park we are talking about? Enter your guess in the comments below.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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