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Check Out The New 2023 Annual Pass Design!

Dec. 6, 2022

The NEW Utah State Parks 2023 Annual Day-Use Pass!

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to announce changes to the design of our annual day-use pass for the 2023 calendar year! 

Due to popular demand, the annual pass has undergone a unique design upgrade. The new 2023 annual day-use pass will now be sold in a compact, wallet-friendly card style. 

“This new design allows more visitors to utilize the pass — such as those on a bicycle, riding motorcycles, on horseback, or even walking in on foot,” Utah Division of State Parks Director Jeff Rasmussen said. “The previous pass was significantly bigger, so carrying that with you in these circumstances presented challenges. We listened to the feedback we received and are happy to make these changes to better meet our visitor’s needs.” 

The Utah State Parks 2023 Annual Day-Use Pass allows a second name to be added.

Still planning to visit state parks in your truck or car? No problem! The Division will be providing a lanyard with your annual pass purchase. This allows visitors in traditional vehicles to connect their annual pass to the lanyard and then hang it around their rearview mirror,  just as they did with the previous pass. 

Additionally, beginning in 2023, the new annual passes will, for the first time ever,  allow a second name to be added to them instead of limiting the pass to just one person as has been done in the past. 

Annual passes for the 2023 calendar year make great holiday gifts and are available to purchase now! 

You can purchase an Annual Day-Use Pass online or in person. In-person purchase locations include staffed state parks, state park region offices, and the Utah DNR Bookstore in Salt Lake City. Please note that these locations are only available for annual pass purchases during their individual business hours.

Utah State Parks 2023 Annual Day-Use Pass with Lanyard

The 2023 annual day-use pass prices are $175 for non-residents, $125 for Utah residents, and $65 for Utah resident seniors. Passes allow day-use access to Utah state parks for the passholder and seven other individuals in the same vehicle. The annual day-use pass provides a great value for those who may plan to visit a state park multiple times in a year.

This pass is not valid for Jordan River OHV State Park or This is the Place Heritage Park and does not cover the $2 causeway fee for Antelope Island State Park. Camping access and camping discounts are both NOT included in the purchase of this pass. Purchase does not guarantee entry if the park access is temporarily closed due to capacity being reached.

Additional information about the 2023 annual day-use pass, the single-use digital day-use pass, and the veterans with disabilities honor pass, can be found on the official Utah Division of State Parks website

Where Do These Fees Go? 

The Utah Division of State Parks is proud to be one of the state entities tasked with being self-sufficient. This means when you purchase an annual pass, campsite, or day-use pass, 100% of that money goes right back to enhancing and operating our Utah State Parks system. 

These funds help our parks with operations costs and improvements. Park fees go directly back to help us pay for new campgrounds, day-use areas, boat ramps, trails, and other amenities that our visitors enjoy, in a clean, safe, and friendly atmosphere. 

Improvements at parks have a direct positive impact on local communities where state park visitors buy groceries, get gas, stay in hotels, and hire guides and other services. Visitation to Utah’s state parks continues to grow, and it’s important that we invest in our infrastructure and maintain the highest levels of facility care and customer service to our valued guests. 

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