Utah State Parks Blog

State Parks Open During Dec. 2018 Federal Shutdown

SALT LAKE CITY – With the partial shutdown of the Federal Government, many Utah travelers are curious about how this impacts their outdoor plans.

While visitors will find their outdoor experience has been impacted by the shutdown, there are still many options for visitors to enjoy.

State Parks

All of Utah’s 44 state parks remain open. State park rangers, as well as regular staff, remain available in their traditional capacity this time of year. Our visitor centers remain open, as do our museums and heritage areas.

Planning a trip to Arches National Park? Dead Horse Point State Park is just down the road and offers some of the best scenic views you can find.

Visit our Parks page to learn more about these destinations.

National Parks & Monuments

From the Utah Office of Tourism: The National Park Service intends to “suspend all activities except for those that are essential to respond to emergencies involving the safety of human life or the protection of property”. They will suspend visitor services, “including restrooms, trash collection, facilities and roads maintenance (including plowing), campground reservation and check-in/check-out services, backcountry and other permits, and public information.”

For updated information, you can visit the Utah Office of Tourism website. They will provide more information as it becomes available.

In the event of a federal shutdown, national parks, monuments, and forests will not be able to update their websites or social media channels with weather conditions, closures, and other critical safety information. Visitors are advised to exercise extreme caution when visiting these areas and inquire locally whenever possible for current conditions.

Alternate Destinations

Though access to national parks and monuments remains available, due to the limited staffing and resources, you might consider an alternative destination during the shutdown.

Browse the list below for the Utah Office of Tourism’s top picks for alternative destinations.  CLICK HERE for a message from Utah Governor Gary Herbert regarding the shutdown.

Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Capitol Reef National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Zion National Park

If you found this blog entry interesting, please consider sharing it through your social network.