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What Causes Boating Accidents?

Posted on: February 20th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — When thinking of the scene of a boating accident, the image brought to mind is often one of dark skies, big boats, and high waves. However, this is not the case. The majority of boating fatalities take place on smaller sized boats under 21 feet, with light wind, and on waves smaller […]

Steinaker State Park Receives International Dark-Sky Designation

Posted on: January 24th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — The International Dark-Sky Association awarded Steinaker State Park International Dark-Sky Park status on January 22, 2018. This is the fourth Utah state park to receive dark sky designation, joining Antelope Island, Goblin Valley, and Dead Horse Point state parks.  An event to celebrate the designation will be hosted in the Spring […]

Fire Extinguishers & Your Boat

Posted on: January 21st, 2018

Fire extinguishers are an important part of ensuring your time on the water is both fun and safe. Do you know Utah’s fire extinguisher laws? All motorboats, unless exempt, MUST carry a readily accessible and approved fire extinguisher on board. Fire extinguishers must be serviceable and  U.S. Coast Guard or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) marine approved. […]

Our 2018 Winter Festivals

Posted on: January 4th, 2018

UPDATE 1/17/2018: Both the Wasatch Mountain State Park and East Canyon State Park Winter Festivals have been canceled due to lack of snow. Join us on January 27 at Bear Lake State Park for the Bear Lake Monster Winterfest!  It’s officially 2018 and Utah State Parks is kicking off the year with a BANG! To start […]

We’re Recruiting – Become A State Park Ranger!

Posted on: December 11th, 2017

We’re recruiting! The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is searching for driven individuals with a love of the outdoors to become the next class of Park Rangers. Our park rangers work in the field all across Utah. These rangers work to help ensure public safety, as well as increase education about Utah’s recreational resources. While […]

Is Your Life Jacket Serviceable?

Posted on: December 4th, 2017

According to U.S Coast Guard standards, life jackets should be serviceable and inspected often. Before using your life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD, inspect and make sure that: PFD is free of rips, tears, and holes in the fabric. Seams, straps, and buckles should are in good condition. PFD is free of mildew odor and […]

Help! It’s Cold In Here! – What to do in cold water.

Posted on: November 23rd, 2017

A lot can go through your mind if you find yourself stuck swimming or sinking in cold water. Here at the Utah State Parks Boating Program, we hope you never have to go through a situation like this; however, we want you to be prepared just in case it should happen. To help, we put […]

Protect Yourself, Your Family In A Search & Rescue

Posted on: September 22nd, 2017

(USARA) — When people head into the backcountry, they don’t plan on having an accident, getting lost, or suffering from temperature extremes. But when “nature happens,” calls for help go out to county search and rescue crews. The Utah Search and Rescue Assistance (USARA) card allows backcountry recreationists to contribute to search and rescue efforts while […]

Military Appreciation Day 2017 Activities!

Posted on: July 31st, 2017

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce our third annual Military Appreciation Day set for Saturday, August 12, 2017. As part of the celebration, all Utah State Parks* will offer free day-use entrance for active military, veterans, and their family in the same vehicle. Many of these parks will also be hosting […]

Jam Out at the Wasatch Mountain Music Festival

Posted on: July 13th, 2017

(WMMF) — The Wasatch Mountain Music Festival at Soldier Hollow promises a great festival experience directed by the experienced Vibrant America and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation teams. With a great lineup of national recording artists and favorite local performers, workshops, showcases, a children’s area, grassy camping, jamming, new friendships, clean water and fresh mountain air. […]