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Name Released of Man Who Died Following Incident at Quail Creek State Park

Posted on: January 15th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is releasing the name of the man who died following an incident at Quail Creek State Park. On Wednesday, January 13, Doug M. Schaerrer, an 80-year-old Lindon man, died at Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital. Schaerrer was initially transported to the hospital Tuesday after […]

Three New International Dark Sky Park Designations: Jordanelle, Kodachrome Basin, and Rockport State Parks

Posted on: January 14th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has awarded Jordanelle, Kodachrome Basin and Rockport State Parks International Dark Sky Park status. Utah has more dark sky state parks than any other state park system. These parks bring the total of Utah Division of Parks and Recreation’s designated dark sky parks to eight […]

Mirabilite Mounds Return –Tours at Great Salt Lake State Park

Posted on: January 11th, 2021

What: Guided Tours of the Mirabilite MoundsWhen: January 23 & 24 Time: Tours run from 11 am-4 pm and begin every half hour Where: Great Salt Lake State Park MarinaOther: Capacity is 15 visitors per tour. Registration is required  GREAT SALT LAKE STATE PARK — The mirabilite mounds have returned to the shorelines of the Great […]

Utah Gov. Cox’s Visit to Territorial Statehouse Ends With a Bang

Posted on: January 5th, 2021

FILLMORE, UTAH — Following his inauguration as Utah’s 18th governor in St. George Monday morning, Governor Spencer Cox and his staff embarked on a trip across Utah that ended at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. Along the way, Governor Cox made a stop in Fillmore at the Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum […]

First Day Hikes 2021

Posted on: December 30th, 2020

Utah State Parks is kicking off 2021 with another installment of our annual First Day Hikes on New Years Day. This year is slightly scaled back, as we are hosting hikes at two different state parks: Antelope Island State Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Check out information on the two different hikes below for […]

Utah OHV Advisory Council Seeks Two Representatives

Posted on: December 15th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking two representatives to serve on the Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Council. The open positions to be filled are for the “At-Large Representative” and the “Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Representative.” The purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Advisory Council is to represent various […]

Fantasy at the Bay Christmas Lights 2020

Posted on: November 25th, 2020

WILLARD BAY STATE PARK — A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Fantasy at the Bay has become a must-see holiday lights experience for those in the northern Utah area. These Christmas lights span throughout much of the northern campground of the state park. Be sure to tune your radio into the appropriate station once […]

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 […]

Historic Haunts – Halloween Events at Utah State Parks

Posted on: October 16th, 2020

It’s that time of year again! The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and goblins, ghosts, and ghouls will soon be the norm. With so many possibilities and fun things happening around Utah this October, we’ve decided to give you a list of upcoming activities at state parks just a short drive from the […]

Staying Safe in Cold Water

Posted on: October 15th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Autumn is here, and along with the changing leaves comes changing water temperatures.  These colder temperatures — combined with the rise in state park visitation this season — has the Utah State Parks Boating Program urging recreational boaters, hunters, anglers, and swimmers to remain mindful and to protect themselves from overexposure […]