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Labor Day Weekend Safety

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020

9/3/2020 SALT LAKE CITY — Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, offer Utahn’s and out-of-state visitors alike an extended opportunity to experience the great outdoors at Utah’s state parks and recreation areas. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation would like to encourage visitors to continue practicing #ResponsibleRecreation and exercise safety precautions to ensure […]

Man Injured at Antelope Island State Park in Possible Bison Incident 

Posted on: August 29th, 2020

8/29/2020 ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — A 55-year-old man was critically injured today while trail running at Antelope Island State Park. Two women who were on the Antelope Island State Park Lakeside Trail came across a lone trail runner who was calling out for help.  The women called 911 and state park personnel responded.  They […]

East Canyon State Park Receives International Dark Sky Park Designation

Posted on: August 28th, 2020

EAST CANYON STATE PARK — East Canyon State Park Manager Chris Haramoto has always aimed toward the stars. He became enthralled with the space adventure series Star Trek as a kid and set the goal of making his own mark on the heavens somehow, some way. Haramoto achieved that objective on August 21, 2020, when […]

Changes Announced for the 34th Annual Bison Roundup

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

­­ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is announcing some significant changes to this year’s upcoming Antelope Island Bison Roundup. Traditionally, each year, cowboys atop their horses assist park personnel in rounding up the 700+ bison across Antelope Island and guiding them into the corrals for their annual checkup. One […]

Public Comment: LWCF Proposals

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

NOTICE: This public comment period is now closed. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants program was enacted by Congress to assist in the acquisition and development of high priority public outdoor recreation facilities. The program, administered by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation (the Division), provides matching grants to state and local […]

Texas Man Dead After Falling at Dead Horse Point State Park

Posted on: July 26th, 2020

DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK — A Texas man is dead following an incident at Dead Horse Point State Park Sunday.  The man, 54-year-old Charles Campassi from Houston, Texas, was visiting the park with family. Around noon, the group was hiking the area near the West Rim Trail when Campassi lost his footing and fell […]

Man Dies While Aiding Child at Red Fleet State Park

Posted on: July 16th, 2020

RED FLEET STATE PARK — A 34-year-old Uintah County man is dead following an incident at Red Fleet State Park yesterday.  Just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Dustin Peterson was boating with family and friends in the wakeless area of Red Fleet Reservoir.  While there, a child in Peterson’s group began to […]

Tennessee Man Dies at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: July 9th, 2020

DEER CREEK STATE PARK – A 71-year-old Tennessee man is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park yesterday. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Daniel Nelson Thompson from Newport, Tennessee was boating with family and friends between Wallsburg Bay and Rainbow Cove area at Deer Creek State Park.  While boating, Thompson’s […]

Operation Dry Water 2020: Utah Officers Fight Against Boating Intoxication

Posted on: July 6th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to decrease the number of DUI’s both on and off the water this last holiday weekend, law enforcement officers joined forces as part of Operation Dry Water 2020. Law enforcement contacted over 3,000 people during this year’s Operation Dry Water; which yield a number of citations and arrests […]

Utah Man Dies at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: June 29th, 2020

DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A 24-year-old Utah man is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park yesterday. Just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020, Jose Antonio Fuentes-Alvarez from Salt Lake County, was swimming in the Rainbow Bay area at Deer Creek State Park. While he was swimming, members of Fuentes-Alvarez’s […]