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Welcome to Utah State Parks and Recreation. We manage your 43 state parks — from Bear Lake State Park at the Utah/Idaho border to Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum deep in the Four Corners region, and everywhere in between.

We also administer the Utah off-highway vehicle, boating, and trails programs. We work to provide access to waterways and trails, and promote education, safety, and resource protection.

Please support your state parks. Visit often, attend special events, volunteer, comment at public meetings, and ensure the future of state parks for generations to come.

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Utah State Parks and Recreation is a Division of the Department of Natural Resources

Our Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life by preserving and providing natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

State Park System

Services and Functions: We manage Utah's state park system, which includes operations, planning, and protection of 43 heritage, scenic, and recreation parks.

Off-Highway Vehicles

We administer summer and winter off-highway vehicle programs including education, trail maintenance, grant programs, user compliance, accident investigation, and search and rescue.

State Boating Act

We administer the State Boating Act on Utah waters, which includes safety, education, and enforcement.

Grant Programs

We administer Land and Water Conservation Fund, non-motorized, and motorized trails grant programs.

Planning and Development

We guide short and long-term site management for each park to protect and interpret each park's natural and cultural resource base, ensure safe, enjoyable visitor experiences, provide for new visitor opportunities, and develop and enhance facilities to meet visitor needs.

Director's Message

Welcome to Utah's state parks! We invite you to visit your favorite state park or choose one you haven't visited before. There is something for everyone including boating, golfing, camping, hiking, exploring, ATV riding, canoeing, taking photographs, and enjoying the natural beauty of red rock canyons or vast sand covered hills.

Our 43 state parks offer opportunities for fun and learning for individuals or families. Take time to get outside and experience the heritage, scenic and recreational state parks that exist for your enjoyment. Learn about the state's rich natural, cultural and historic treasures.

Your safety is our main concern. If you are on the water, please wear your life jacket. If you're riding out on the trail, please wear your helmet.

Fred Hayes, Director