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New Camping Fees Coming to Utahraptor State Park

Posted on: May 6th, 2022

May 6, 2022 MOAB, Utah —The Utah Division of State Parks is announcing the implementation of overnight camping fees for areas within the boundaries of Utahraptor State Park.  Beginning on May 15, 2022, the Division will implement a $15 per night fee for each vehicle. This includes all overnight lodging including but not limited to […]

Ironman World Championship Impacts at Washington County State Parks

Posted on: May 2nd, 2022

May 2, 2022 WASHINGTON CITY, Utah — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to welcome the Ironman World Championships to Southern Utah! The race will take place on May 7, and will pass through two different state parks — Sand Hollow State Park and Snow Canyon State Park. Due to the large scale […]

Share Your Input on Proposed State Park Upgrades and Enhancements

Posted on: November 12th, 2021

Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 The public was invited to participate in an online public meeting held on Thursday, Nov. 18, to discuss the proposed improvements at each park location. Click here to view the online public meeting. Click here to view the presentation and planned park improvements. A public comment period is currently underway and […]

Incredible 12-Foot Long Fossil Log Recovered from the Morrison Formation

Posted on: August 11th, 2021

August 11, 2021 Vernal, Utah — The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is celebrating the recovery of the “Manwell Log”—a 12-foot long petrified portion of a once-living tree related to our modern-day Norfolk Pine. Named for the woman who discovered it, the “Manwell Log” is approximately 152 million years old and […]

Peppa Pig Partnership!

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021

July 22, 2021 Oink oink! Have you heard the news? For the FIRST TIME EVER, Peppa Pig and her family are traveling throughout the United States of America! After winning a ticket to star in Super Potato’s Hollywood movie, Peppa and family fly over the Atlantic and land in New York City. Now that they’re […]

Investing in the Future of Outdoor Recreation – Exciting Changes Coming to Utah State Parks

Posted on: July 8th, 2021

July 8, 2021 SALT LAKE CITY — With a 33% increase in state park visitation compared to the previous year (that’s over 2.66 million), the 2020 recreation season was truly one for the record books. With no signs of slowing down, Utah is making an unprecedented investment into our beautiful state park system. Expanding facilities […]

Park Visitation Increases Over 1.7 Million

Posted on: November 9th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Even in the midst of the Coronavirus, state park visitation in Utah has skyrocketed. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is announcing a 36% increase in visitation during popular 2020 recreation months compared to 2019. From May-August 2019, Utah State Parks had approximately 4,925,123 visitors. Within those same months in […]

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 […]

Park Ranger Receives Award, Saves Woman Just Two Days Later

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Being a Utah State Parks Law Enforcement Ranger is both a challenging and rewarding job. These rangers spend countless hours training, patrolling Utah’s recreation areas, volunteering in search and rescue efforts, managing state parks, and interacting with the public. One such Ranger had an especially busy week — receiving a prestigious […]

What is #ResponsibleRecreation?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2020

This is a blog post. Click here for our permanent Responsible Recreation webpage. April 2, 2020 Exploring Utah’s state parks and recreation areas is a great way to exercise, escape cabin fever, and relieve anxiety and stress. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all must do our part in practicing #ResponsibleRecreation. “Responsible […]