Utah State Parks Blog

Utah State Parks Spring Celebrations – 2023

Say hello to spring and goodbye to those winter blues with Utah State Parks! It’s the perfect season to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. Plenty of exciting events and activities are lined up for you, your friends, and your family. 

Hike, camp, or just relax and take in the stunning scenery! And the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Scattered across the state are incredible adventures like sunset hikes and stargazing parties. You’ll be amazed by the beauty of Utah’s night sky. 

And don’t forget to look out for our furry friend who might be hiding Easter eggs at some of our parks. 

You never know what surprises you might find! There’s so much to discover at Utah State Parks this spring. Don’t miss out on the fun!


​​Check this page regularly for new updates!


MARCH

Snow Canyon State Park
Birds of Snow Canyon
Mary 17, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Are you new to birding? Or new to the area? This is the perfect program to learn about what birds call the canyon home, and how to spot them. Space is limited; registration required. Contact the park at 435-628-2255 for more information.


Dead Horse Point State Park
Star Party
March 18, 8:30 PM – Visitor Center

Dead Horse Point is an International Dark Sky Park, which means our sky is one of the best for viewing the stars and planets. Join the ranger as they talk about the night sky, and constellations, and show you some dark sky objects in a telescope. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot.

Jordanelle State Park
Ice Candles @ Rock Cliff
March 19, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Rock Cliff Nature Center

Join us at the Rock Cliff Nature Center for a family-friendly day of winter crafts and hot cocoa. Suitable for all ages. No registration is required. This is a free event included with your $10 State Park Entry fee. 

Antelope Island State Park
Owl Prowl!
March 25, 10:00 AM – Visitor Center

Join us for a short presentation about the types of owls you’ll find at Antelope Island. We’ll then take a short 5-10 mile driving tour to visit locations frequented by owls. Spotting scopes and binoculars will be available or bring your own. This will be fun for the whole family.

There is no fee for this event – regular park entry fees do apply. Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions. Park Impacts: None

Dead Horse Point State Park
Ranger Ed: Color Hike
March 25, 11:00 AM – Visitor Center

During this month’s ranger education day, join one of our rangers on an easy-to-moderate one-mile hike. The hike will focus on the importance of color in nature and how our plants and animals use their color to blend in and stand out. Meet out in front of the Visitor Center and make sure you bring appropriate footwear.


Snow Canyon State Park
Star Parties
March 25 & 26, 8:30 – 10:00 PM

Gaze at galaxies, nebulas, and the inspiration for stories of the past on this Naturalist-led tour of the cosmos. Blankets and camp chairs are recommended as you take in the universe. Space is limited; registration required. Contact the park at 435-628-2255 for more information.


Wasatch Mountain State Park
Dark Skies in the Park
March 25, 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Discover the magic of the night sky in the park! Star-gaze with your loved ones and enjoy fun activities and tasty treats. Don’t miss this dark sky celebration! Call (453) 654-1791 to save your spot. Only $5 per person or $20 per group of up to 5 people, plus $2 for each extra person.

Jordanelle State Park
Deer Detectives @ Rock Cliff
March 26, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Rock Cliff Nature Center

Join us at the Rock Cliff Nature Center of Jordanelle State Park for an afternoon of learning about our Mule Deer friends. After a brief talk in the Nature Center, we will embark on a guided snowshoe hike and search for clues left behind by our winter residents. Snowshoes are available to rent ($5/pair). Suitable for all ages. No registration is required. This is a free event included with your $10 State Park Entry fee. 

Dead Horse Point State Park
Sunset Talk
March 29, 7:00 PM – Meet by the bathrooms at Dead Horse Point Overlook

Join us for a stunning sunset at Dead Horse Point Overlook, one of the most photographed places in the world. A ranger will share stories and facts about this amazing landscape as you watch the sky change colors. Meet by the bathrooms and bring a chair if you wish. We will walk a short distance on the west rim trail to find the best spot.


APRIL

Jordanelle State Park
They Ate Who? @ Rock Cliff
April 2, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Rock Cliff Nature Center

They ate WHO? Join us at the Rock Cliff Nature Center for owl pellet dissection—it’s gonna be a hoot! Suitable for all ages. No registration is required. This is a free event included with your $10 State Park Entry fee. 

Camp Floyd State Park
Campfire Program
April 7, 6:00 PM – Behind the Commissary   

Have you ever wondered what Camp Floyd looks like at night? Camp Floyd State Park staff invites you to enjoy some smores and come and hear stories of Camp Floyd around the campfire at 6:00 PM behind the commissary. This program will be limited to 40 people and requires reservations.

Admission fees are $10 per person and reservations are required. For information please call (801) 768-8932 or email campfloyd@utah.gov.

Antelope Island State Park – EVENT FULL
Great Salt Lake Kayak Tour
April 8, 1:00 PM – Antelope Island Marina

***Space is limited – registration is required.***

Join the park naturalist for a casual paddle over Great Salt Lake’s “coral reef”. We’ll see sea monkeys, flies that spend most of their lives underwater, and other wonders of our inland sea. A limited number of kayaks and life jackets are available if you don’t have them. Paddleboarders are also welcome.

Registration is required. Email tackley@utah.gov to register, or with any questions. Please include all names of people you are registering with and if you need a kayak and life jacket.

There is no additional fee for this event – regular park entry fees apply. Park Impacts: None

East Canyon State Park
Eggstravaganza
April 8, 1:00 PM

Join us for an egg-citing adventure at East Canyon State Park on April 8 at 1:00 PM! We’re hosting an Eggstravaganza for kids up to 12 years old. The day-use fee of $25 applies, so bring your picnic basket and enjoy the park’s amenities after the egg hunt!

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Annual Easter Egg Hunt & Spring Festival
April 8, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Centennial Cabin

Get ready for some springtime fun at our Annual Egg Hunt and Spring Festival! The Spring Festival will be held at the Centennial Cabin from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Don’t miss the Easter Egg Hunt at 1:00 PM sharp. Bring your basket and hop on over!

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
What It Means To Be A Dark Sky Park
April 12, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM – Museum Gallery

Join Liz Stevens at the Museum Gallery at 10:00 AM or 1:00 PM to learn about the journey of Fremont Indian State Park to become a Dark Sky Park and the effects of light pollution on our night sky.


Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Archeoastrology Program
April 15, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM – Museum Gallery

Join Dr. John Lundwall at the Museum Gallery at 10:00 AM or 10:00 PM for an Archeoastronomy Program. Learn how to decode the ancient petroglyphs and discover their connection to the stars and planets.

Yuba State Park
8th Annual Rotten Egg Hunt
April 15, 11:00 AM – North Beach

Join us for our 9th Annual Rotten Egg Hunt! This is your last chance to hunt for eggs this season, so don’t miss out on the fun and excitement. Bring your crew and scour the park for goodies and prizes galore. The hunt will take place on the North Beach under the shady trees at 11:00 AM sharp! All you need is a day-use pass, camping pass, or annual pass to join in. Park entrance fees apply.

Antelope Island State Park
OAS Star Party
April 29, 6:00 PM, White Rock Bay Trailhead

Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing. Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset. This is a public, come-and-go-as-you-wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/

There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions. Park Impacts: None

Camp Floyd State Park
Artisan Day
April 29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Join us for Camp Floyd State Park’s Artisan Day and learn from the artisans as they demonstrate their skills from 10:00 – 4:00 PM. Learn about the history of the sheep industry in Fairfield and the importance of the wool industry to Utah’s economy. Museum entrance fees of $5 per person or $15 per family (immediate family only) apply. Food will be available to purchase at the event. For more information please call (801) 768-8932 or email campfloyd@utah.gov.


Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Sagebrush Gallery Art at the Museum Show
April 29, 2:00 – 6:00 PM – Museum Gallery

Meet the artists and enjoy their work at the Sagebrush Gallery Art at the Museum Show! You can also purchase some of the beautiful artwork on display. Refreshments will be served.


MAY

Sand Hollow State Park
Iron Man
May 4 – 6

The park will be hosting the 2023 Ironman 70.3 Competition. The athlete bike drop off will take place on Friday, May 5th. The competition will be on Saturday, May 6th. All campgrounds will be closed from May 4th – May 6th. A full park closure will be in effect May 5th – May 6th. Professional athletes from various countries will be pushing their limits for this triathlon.

https://www.ironman.com/races

Sand Hollow State Park
Rally on the Rocks
May 8 – 14

SxS come in for a guided event at the beautiful Sand Mountain. Camping will be limited on the east side of the lake. OHV will be inaccessible, for any day use coming into the park to ride on the dunes, please plan to park at Sand Hollow State Park’s concession parking lot.

https://sxsadventurerally.com


Camp Floyd State Park
Lantern Tours
May 12, 9:00 PM

Imagine exploring Camp Floyd in the dark, with only a lantern to guide you. Join our park staff at 9:00 PM and discover the secrets of the Commissary, the Schoolhouse, and the Stagecoach Inn after they close. Don’t forget your flashlight for this thrilling night adventure! This program will be limited to 40 people and requires reservations. Admission fees are $10 per person.

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
The Ins and Outs of Archaeological Sites Program & Guided Hike
May 13, 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM – Museum

Learn about the history and secrets of archaeological sites at Fremont Indian State Park & Museum. Join us for a program and a guided hike to explore and learn about the area. 

The program and hike will be offered twice, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Meet at the museum and wear sturdy shoes.

Palisade State Park
10th Annual Fishing Tournament
May 14, 7:00 AM – Pioneer Group Site

You don’t want to miss this event! More than $1500 in prizes will be awarded. The largest measured fish will be the winner. We will have prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plus additional prizes. Every participant must check in before fishing.

Check-in will be from 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM at the Pioneer Group site. The tournament will start at 7:00 AM and will end at 2:00 PM. Awards and prizes will be given out at 2:30 PM.

To register, call: (435) 835-6676, Mon-Fri 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. For more information, click here.

Antelope Island State Park
OAS Star Party
May 20, 6:00 PM – White Rock Bay Trailhead

Join the Ogden Astronomical Society for an evening of sun and star gazing.  Safely look at our sun through telescopes, then distant objects in our universe after sunset.  This is a public, come-and-go-as-you-wish event.  For more information about the Ogden Astronomical Society, visit http://ogdenastronomy.org/

There is no fee for this program – regular park entry fees do apply.  Contact tackley@utah.gov with any questions. Park Impacts: None

Great Salt Lake State Park
National Kids to Parks Day
May 20, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

It’s National Kids to Parks Day! Enjoy a day out at Great Salt Lake State Park. We will be hosting family-friendly events from 10 AM – 2 PM. While the event is free, we do still ask that everyone pay the park entry fee.

*Please make sure to go to the Great Salt Lake State Park in Magna, UT (Exit 104 off of I80). This event is NOT at Antelope Island State Park*

Camp Floyd State Park
Johnston’s Army Encampment
May 27 & 29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Travel back in time to the 1850s and join us for Johnston’s Army Encampment at Camp Floyd State Park on Memorial Day Weekend. Experience the life of a soldier or a civilian during the Utah War. Watch musket and cannon demonstrations, learn military drills, play historic games, and tour the museum and the Stagecoach Inn. Enjoy food and fun for the whole family!  Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family (immediate family only). For more information, call (801) 768-8932 or email campfloyd@utah.gov.

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Scorpions & Stars Program
May 27, 9:00 PM – Museum Parking Lot

Discover the nocturnal creatures and constellations of Fremont Indian State Park & Museum. Join us for a Scorpions & Stars Program in the museum parking lot at 9:00 PM. We will use black lights to find scorpions and telescopes to view the night sky. Dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

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