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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 […]

Echo State Park to Close Day-Use Area For Construction

Posted on: May 7th, 2021

May 7, 2020 ECHO STATE PARK — Echo State Park will be closing its day-use and launch ramp area in the coming months to allow for construction on park improvements and expansion.  The project is still in the planning stages, however, park management expects the closure to occur mid to late July. The closure will […]

Four New Rangers Join the Team

Posted on: May 4th, 2021

May 4, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is pleased to welcome four new law enforcement rangers to the ranks. Rangers Matt Harris, Zack Kierstead, Chris Nelson, and Preston Wood have successfully completed the required Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training courses. Upon graduation from POST, they were officially […]

Primitive Camping Opens at Sand Hollow on Limited Basis

Posted on: April 29th, 2021

April 29, 2021 SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK  — After consultation with the public, user groups, and park staff, management at Sand Hollow State Park has chosen to reopen primitive camping at the park on a limited basis.  A total of 60 camp-vehicle primitive campsites will open back up to the public beginning May 7. One-half […]

Primitive Camping Changes at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: April 23rd, 2021

UPDATE 4.29.21:  Primitive camping will reopen on a limited basis on May 7, 2021. Learn more here.April 23, 2021 SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK — Utah’s 44 state parks have grown increasingly popular in recent years, and especially last year. The total number of state park visitors in 2020 was almost 10.6 million, an increase of 33% […]

Find Bigfoot at Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Posted on: April 2nd, 2021

Spring weather has arrived in Utah, which means thousands of Utahn’s and other visitors are gearing up to spend this holiday weekend in the great outdoors. They aren’t the only ones making the trip, however. Visitors to southern Utah may catch a glimpse of Bigfoot joining in on the outdoor festivities at Coral Pink Sand […]

Fremont Indian & Goosenecks State Parks Receive International Dark Sky Park Designations

Posted on: March 25th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has awarded International Dark Sky Park designations to Fremont Indian and Goosenecks State Parks. Both parks have exceptionally dark skies in beautiful and unique settings. These parks bring the total dark sky designations to ten within the Utah Division of State Parks system. This is […]

Washington County Man Dies at Quail Creek State Park

Posted on: March 9th, 2021

QUAIL CREEK STATE PARK — A Washington County man is dead following an incident at Quail Creek State Park on Monday.  Around 7:45 p.m., family members called authorities to report that 77-year-old Donald L. Denoon had gone fishing alone in his boat at Quail Creek earlier that morning and had not returned home. First responders […]

“Once a Public Outdoor Recreation Site, Always a Public Outdoor Recreation Site”

Posted on: March 1st, 2021

LWCF State Assistance Grant Period Opens – What You Need to Know SALT LAKE CITY — Do you have an outdoor recreation project planned that would benefit Utah’s outdoor community? Funding reimbursement for eligible projects may be available through the Land Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Grant (LWCF).   The 2021 grant period for the Land […]