Utah State Parks Blog

Utah State Parks Cancels Two Events, Parks Remain Open

SALT LAKE CITY – Yesterday, Governor Gary R. Herbert and the COVID-19 Community Task Force urged Utah residents to avoid mass gatherings of more than 100 people. As a result, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has canceled two upcoming March events.

These canceled events include the Playhouse Plunge at Willard Bay State Park on March 21, and the Buffalo Run events at Antelope Island State Park on March 20 and 21.

Although these events have been canceled, all 44 state parks and amenities remain open and staffed. Guests are encouraged to practice healthy hygiene and avoid visiting parks if they feel ill or are having symptoms.

Please help keep our parks and park facilities clean and tidy by cleaning up after yourself in the restroom and informing our staff of any deficiencies you may encounter.

“It is imperative we do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our communities and follow the recommendations of the Task Force and local health officials,” Utah State Parks Director Jeff Rasmussen said. “While canceling these events is necessary, our parks remain open for business. I believe getting outdoors and enjoying Utah’s beauty can help calm fears and stress we may be feeling from current events.”

Other events occurring in April and in later months have not been canceled at this time, but will be evaluated in the coming weeks to determine if they should be.

To find a park near you and to learn more about Utah State Parks and our amenities, visit stateparks.utah.gov.

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