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Utah State Parks Names New Deputy Director of Operations

Posted on: January 31st, 2023

Jan. 31. 2023 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to announce that Laurie Backus has accepted a new role as the Deputy Director of Operations, adding to her already impressive 23-year career.  Laurie fills the position left open by Dave Harris, who recently retired after over 30 years of […]

Join Us for the 2023 Quadfishathon!

Posted on: January 4th, 2023

Jan. 4, 2023 SALT LAKE CITY — Kick off the ice fishing season by joining us at the 2023 Quadfishathon — the biggest state park ice fishing tournament in Utah! This four-park ice fishing tournament includes Echo State Park, Lost Creek State Park, Rockport State Park, and East Canyon State Park. Participants can register for […]

2023 Ice Fishing Tournaments

Posted on: December 16th, 2022

December 16, 2022 Ice fishing is a uniquely exhilarating experience, and it’s also a fun way to spend time outdoors with your family and friends. Consider entering an ice fishing tournament this winter if you’re looking for a new challenge!  The Utah Division of State Parks is hosting several tournaments at parks across the state. […]

Utah State Parks Welcomes Four New Rangers

Posted on: December 15th, 2022

December 15, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to welcome four brand-new rangers to our staff! Rangers Alex Agin, Daniel McCann, Justin O’Mealy, and Scott Williams have successfully completed the required Utah Peace Officer Standards and training courses, and have graduated from POST. A graduation ceremony was held […]

Check Out The New 2023 Annual Pass Design!

Posted on: December 6th, 2022

Dec. 6, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to announce changes to the design of our annual day-use pass for the 2023 calendar year!  Due to popular demand, the annual pass has undergone a unique design upgrade. The new 2023 annual day-use pass will now be sold in […]

5 Tips to Enjoy Christkindlmarkt SLC

Posted on: November 27th, 2022

Nov. 27, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY — The holiday season is here, and with it comes another year of the popular Christkindlmarkt SLC event at This is the Place Heritage Park.  Each year, thousands of families and friends gather together to celebrate the season while spreading holiday cheer along the way. The 2022 Christkindlmarkt SLC […]

Bear Lake Marina Expansion Open House

Posted on: November 8th, 2022

Nov. 8, 2022 GARDEN CITY, Utah — The Utah Division of State Parks invites the public to join the Bear Lake Marina Expansion Project Team on Wednesday, November 16 for a public open house. The event — hosted at 69 N. Paradise Parkway, Garden City, Utah — will be in an open-house format with informational […]

Holiday Lights & Events 2022

Posted on: November 3rd, 2022

There’s an unmistakable chill in the air! If you’re ready to start dashing through the snow, bundle the family up and head out to your favorite Utah State Park to make some holiday memories. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful winter hike or a drive through a magically lit winter wonderland, we’ve got you covered! […]

2-Ton Granite Tortoise Unveiled at Snow Canyon State Park

Posted on: October 4th, 2022

October 4, 2022 ST. GEORGE —  A massive surprise is waiting for you at the end of the brand new Tortoise Walk Trail at Snow Canyon State Park: a 2-ton tortoise carved out of granite! The grand opening for the trail was officially held Friday, September 23, 2022, at the Upper Galoot Picnic Area.  The […]

Paleontologists Find Fossil of Ancient Vomited Amphibians

Posted on: September 13th, 2022

 September 13, 2022 150 million years ago, in what is now southeastern Utah, a startled bowfin fish may have vomited up its recent meal of tadpoles and a salamander before escaping whatever had threatened it. SALT LAKE CITY — A team of paleontologists from the Utah Division State Parks, the Utah Geological Survey and the […]