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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 […]

NOTICE: Temporary Closure at Edge of the Cedars

Posted on: July 8th, 2021

July 8, 2021 BLANDING, Utah — Park management is announcing the temporary closure of Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum. The park will be closed to the public beginning on July 12 and will reopen on August 1. During this time, the museum will be undergoing some renovations, including new carpet and HVAC improvements. […]

Salt Lake County Man Dead After Drowning at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: July 4th, 2021

July 4, 2021 DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A Salt Lake County man is dead after a suspected drowning incident at Deer Creek State Park Saturday.  On July 3, just after noon, Utah State Parks rangers and members of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office responded to the boat ramp after receiving reports of a possible […]

Married Couple Dead After Incident at Deer Creek State Park, Teen Rescued in Close-Call at Jordanelle State Park

Posted on: June 20th, 2021

June 20, 2021 SALT LAKE CITY — A married Arizona couple has passed away following an incident at Deer Creek State Park on Sunday.  On June 20, just before noon, Utah State Parks rangers responded to an area of the reservoir off the main state park entrance. A man, 72-year-old David D. McMillan from Arizona, […]

Name Release: Teen Dead After Incident at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: June 18th, 2021

June 18, 2021 DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A Salt Lake County teen is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park Thursday afternoon.  On June 17, at around 4:45 p.m., Utah State Parks Rangers responded to the Island Beach day-use area of Deer Creek State Park after receiving a call of a possible […]

Upcoming Construction Impacts at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park 

Posted on: June 15th, 2021

June 15, 2021 KANAB, Utah — Management at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is announcing temporary day-use limitations due to an upcoming asphalt resurfacing project.   The project will take place from June 23-30. During this time, the state park will be operating at a limited day-use capacity. The main day-use parking lot, sand dunes […]

Name Release: California Man Dead Following Incident at Sand Mountain Recreation Area 

Posted on: May 31st, 2021

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK — A California man is dead following an incident in the BLM Sand Mountain Recreation Area located just outside Sand Hollow State Park.  On May 30 at around 7:30 p.m., Utah State Parks rangers responded to the Sand Mountain area after receiving an initial call of a possible cardiac arrest. Upon […]

Deer Creek State Park to Close Main Boat Ramp, Sailboat Beach Area for Maintenance

Posted on: May 20th, 2021

May 20, 2021 WALLSBURG, Utah — Management at Deer Creek State Park is announcing a temporary closure of the boat ramp at the main state park entrance on June 2; along with the temporary closure of the Sailboat Beach and dry storage areas for the day on June 1. These temporary closures will allow maintenance […]

Public Notice: Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program 2021 Grant Season Open

Posted on: May 13th, 2021

May 13, 2021 The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program is a national competitive grant program designed to fund the creation and/or significant renovation of state and locally-owned parks in urban areas.  Priority will be given to projects located in underserved and/or economically disadvantaged areas that are lacking in outdoor recreation opportunities. Utah Grant Season: May […]

Name Release: Utah Teen Dies Following OHV Accident in Washington County

Posted on: May 10th, 2021

May 10, 2021 WASHINGTON CITY, Utah —A Washington County teen is dead following an incident in the Purple Hills area of Warner Valley. On the evening of May 7, 14-year-old Zane McQuivey was critically injured after the side-by-side off-highway vehicle he was operating had crashed. It is believed that the vehicle was traveling at slow […]