Utah Fairy Forest

Have you discovered the Fairy Forest just outside of Kamas Utah? It is spectacularly fun and magical.

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What is the Utah Fairy Forest?

The Utah Fairy Forest is a collection of fairy homes and living space. It is mystic. It is magical and it is amazing.

The forest changes throughout the year. People add more fairy homes to it and the weather takes away from the forest, so going more than once is definitely suggested.  Don’t be upset if your fairy home isn’t exactly the same as when you left it. The fairies must have loved it!

How Much Does it Cost?

The Fairy Forest is free. It is just off the highway. However, there is a fee to go on the Mirror Lake Scenic Highway. It is $6 and this is completely worth the money.

Where is the Utah Fairy Forest?

Located on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, the Utah Fairy Forest is hidden. You have to know where you are going to get there and find it.

To get to Fairy Forest, head up to Kamas. Take the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway (Hwy 150). Drive to mile marker 17 just past Shady Dell campground. There is a pullout right at the mile marker. Park and follow the trail that goes to the right (as you face the forest).

You do walk through the campground and will walk until you find a dry creek bed with huge river rocks. (See safety tips below).

After you cross the river, bear right. Trails head off in front of you. The entrance to the forest is about 30 feet away.

What should I bring to the Utah Fairy Forest?

  • Rocks (best to prepaint them at home – use acrylic paint that won’t wash away)
  • Paints (for painting rocks)
  • Anything you want to build a fairy house – milk jugs, baskets, ribbon, etc.
  • Your imagination

Safety and Tips

It is a small hike (5 minutes) to the fairy forest. However, you do have to cross a rock bed that has water. Sometimes the water is higher and sometimes it is nonexistent. Please be careful – especially when there is high water. Don’t cross if it isn’t safe.

Bring good hiking shoes to assist in getting there.

Some of the rocks in the river bed are lose – be careful.

The parking is at the side of the road on a highway. Be careful entering and exiting your vehicle.


5 Places to Take Amazing Pictures of the Salt Lake Temple

Looking for a pinterest worthy picture of the Salt Lake Temple? There are many great places around Temple Square to get a great pictures of the Salt Lake Temple.  Here are our top 5.

1. Joseph Smith Memorial Building

Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the view (if you aren’t afraid of heights). Chose different times of the day for a different look in your picture.

Salt Lake Temple

2. Oval Reflection Pond

There are two reflection ponds near the Salt Lake Temple. The oval reflection pond is directly east of the temple. The best time for a reflection picture is night. It is also fun to get pictures of the family’s reflections in the pond.


3. North State Street

This is a fun one to describe. This is NOT in Temple Square but just outside Temple Square. On the west side of state street and just north of the Beehive House is a little bench. Climb up on the bench for a better view and you can get the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, Temple and North Visitor Center in the picture.

Salt Lake Temple and Temple Square

4. Up Close

You can now walk around the temple. There are a lot of fun shots of close ups that you can take. These are just two. We want to take more during the day!

5.  Square Reflection Pond

The square reflection pond is further east than than oval reflection pond, but not quite to State Street.  Play with zoom and lighting for the perfect picture!

What to Bring?

  • A good camera!
  • Blanket if you want to sit or kneel to take pictures

7 Best Utah Lakes to Play in the Sand and Swim

Just want to get your feet wet? Or swim lazily? Float in a tube? Some lakes are much better than others. Here are our best 7 Utah lakes to play in the sand and swim.

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1) Tibble Fork Reservoir

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Hidden up in American Fork Canyon, Tibble Fork Reservoir is colder but magnificent. It is beautiful and serene. Perfect for wadding, canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming and fishing.

2) Herriman Lake (Blackridge Reservoir)

This man-made lake was designed for day play. Small but perfect, it has SAND – be it a little rough sand. So bring your sand toys and sunscreen to play.

Herriman Lake

Blackridge Reservoir provides a beach, swimming, playground and more!


3) Antelope Island

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The nostalgia of Antelope Island is peculiar. Where else can you float in a lake that is all salt?  The best time to avoid bugs is early spring and fall, but with such a unique experience, you can’t miss this lake!

4) Highland Glen Park

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Highland Glen Park in Highland is hidden and unknown, which means you will have more space to yourself. Keep this gem to yourselves and enjoy the picnic areas and fun beaches.

5) Deer Creek Reservoir

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This larger Utah lake is full of fun with several great locations just to play on the beach and in the water. The best part of this lake is how CLEAN the water is. The beaches are a little rocky through.

6) Pineview Reservoir

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Beautiful beaches and pretty water. Pine view Reservoir shouldn’t be missed. It’s just 2 miles north of Huntsville and perfect.

7) Bear Lake

Although it is half located in Idaho, Bear Lake can not be forgotten. It is a beautiful lake with pretty beaches. North beach in Idaho is a favorite as well as Rendezvous Beach at the south end of the lake. Near enough to town, you can get a hotel or camp if you want to make a longer stay.



Are there other Utah lakes and reservoirs that you love?