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The 2018 Antelope Island Bison Roundup is Here!

Posted on: October 15th, 2018

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK – Cowboys yelling at one another as their horses gallop through dirt and sagebrush. The sharp crack of whips echoing through the air.  The thunderous rumble of over 700 Great American Bison charging across an open plain. This is the Antelope Island Bison Roundup. Hosted each year at Antelope Island State Park, the […]

Dead Horse Point Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Campground

Posted on: September 29th, 2018

DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK — Great news coming out of Dead Horse Point State Park. The park hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new campground. While the Wingate Campground has been open to the public since the beginning of April, the park chose to host the event later on […]

Utah State Parks Welcomes 2 New Park Rangers

Posted on: September 27th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation welcomed two new rangers to the state parks family today. Both Cameron Savage and Gage Hoogerveldt completed the required Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training courses and were sworn in as official Park Rangers. Cameron Savage was raised in Independence, Iowa and graduated from the […]

Stop Propeller Cuts – These Tips Can Save Your Life

Posted on: September 19th, 2018

Utah has seen too many propeller cuts this boating season, and the Utah State Parks Boating Program wants to help put a stop to it. Propeller cuts can severely injure – and even kill. A typical three-blade boat propeller running at 3,200 rpm can inflict 160 impacts in one second. If your leg, arm, torso, […]

Avoid These Carbon Monoxide Danger Zones

Posted on: September 4th, 2018

Last week, we talked about the dangers and symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning when boating. Since then we’ve gotten some questions about the areas boaters should avoid when out on the water to help deter it. 1. The Back Deck / Swim Platform Do not swim near or under the back deck or swim platform. […]

Meet the New Deputy Director of Operations!

Posted on: July 26th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that Dave Harris has accepted the role of Deputy Director of Operations for Utah State Parks. He is filling the position left open after Jeff Rassmussen was appointed from Deputy Director to Division Director back in June 2018. Harris grew […]

OHV Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Staff Sgt. Jon Rector

Posted on: June 26th, 2018

BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND, UT —  While many Utahns were born and raised around the great outdoors – there are others who move to Utah and find this beauty later on in life. Does this impact the appreciation these newcomers have for these lands? To people like Staff Sergeant Jonathan Rector, the answer is a resounding “No!” Sgt. […]

Officials Stop 3 Boats Infested With Mussels Prior To Launch

Posted on: June 21st, 2018

DWR, State Parks technicians stop boats before they launch DWR — In just eight days, three boats — infested with quagga mussels — almost launched on water bodies in northern Utah. Fortunately, skilled technicians with the Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks found the mussels before the boats were able to launch. This quagga […]

Utah State Parks Has A New Division Director!

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  – Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Mike Styler has named Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, as the Division’s new director. Rasmussen has served successfully as the division’s interim director since March, when former director, Fred Hayes, passed away unexpectedly at his home […]

Help Stop Quagga Mussels From Spreading

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018

As another boating season approaches, DWR reminds you to clean, drain and dry SALT LAKE CITY (DWR) — Quagga mussels are spreading in Lake Powell. By following a few simple steps, you can do much to make sure that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Utah. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, Division of Wildlife Resources Lieutenant […]