Utah State Parks Blog

State Parks Will Remain Open During 2023 Federal Shutdown

UPDATE: The U.S. government has signed a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown through. All of Utah’s national parks, monuments and areas will continue to operate as usual during this time. Visit the Utah Office of Tourism for additional updates.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Sept. 23, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — With a federal government shutdown likely, Utah’s 46 state parks stand ready to accommodate those whose travel plans may be impacted.  

Because they are operated and funded by the State of Utah, state parks such as Antelope Island State Park, Goblin Valley State Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, will remain open and fully operational. 

This means state park rangers, camp hosts, maintenance crews and seasonal staff will remain available in their traditional capacity. Visitor centers will also remain open, as will museums and heritage areas.

“Tourism plays a vital role in sustaining Utah’s rural economies, and our state,” Utah State Parks Director Jeff Rasmussen said. “Our parks take pride in facilitating visitor experiences. Our doors are always open.”

Snow Canyon State Park

For travelers considering a trip to Arches National Park, a remarkable alternative awaits nearby at Dead Horse Point State Park, offering unparalleled scenic vistas, unique lodging experiences, and red rock trail systems. 

Those examining alternative destinations around Zion National Park can explore Snow Canyon State Park, Kodachrome Basin State Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park; each offering stunning views and unforgettable experiences.

Discover a Utah state park near you by visiting stateparks.utah.gov!

National Parks, Monuments, and Federally Managed Areas

Utah’s Office of Tourism is vigilantly monitoring discussions regarding federal government funding and its potential impact on travelers to national parks, monuments, and other federally managed areas across the state. Visitors seeking updates on how a shutdown might affect their travel and outdoor plans are encouraged to visit the Utah Office of Tourism’s federal shutdown webpage.

Additional Resources: 

Utah Division of State Parks

Utah Office of Tourism: Federal Shutdown Information 

National Park Service – Utah 

Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation 

Utah State Park Locations

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