Matheson Wetlands Preserve - TravelStorys

Matheson Wetlands Preserve

Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy in Utah

  • Location: Utah
  • Travel Type: Walking
  • Trip Time: 1 hour
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Tour Introduction

Colorado River

Bird Blind

Imagine an outdoor experience deeply enhanced with stories, historical perspective, fun facts, and natural sounds—with your phone as your tour guide. The Matheson Wetlands Preserve audio tour offers all of this.

The route is a pleasant walk through a lush landscape, which, depending on your pace, might take about an hour.

You'll learn about the plants and animals who live here in the wetlands, as well as some of the threats they face. Wetlands are vital in every landscape, but here in the desert, they are almost magical. The tour talks about how the wetlands, the Colorado River, and groundwater all play a part in the dynamic water flow of this region.

Along the route, you will be given options to explore further. You can see the Colorado River up close and visit an endangered fish nursery. Or, at that point, you can choose a shorter walk that loops back to the parking lot.

The Matheson Wetlands – a refuge for both nature and people -- is the result of a community effort. In 1990, the land was at risk of being developed, but The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources were able to step in. The Preserve's 900 acres makes it the largest wetland complex on the Colorado River in Utah. TNC and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources jointly own and manage it.

Tour Sponsors
The Division of Wildlife Resources, part of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, is dedicated to serving the people of Utah as a trustee and guardian of our state's wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to create a world where people and nature thrive. In Utah, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 1 million acres of public and private land.

Find More Tours Near You
If you are interested in more audio tours presented by The Utah Nature Conservancy, check out the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. In addition, you can find many other tours in Utah or wherever your travels may take you at Everyplace has a story.

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Tour Excerpts

Tour Introduction

Colorado River

Bird Blind