Utah State Parks Blog

5 Tips to Enjoy the Falls at Gunlock State Park

Posted on: March 16th, 2023

March 16, 2023 With such a snowy winter for most of Utah, it’s no surprise that the falls at Gunlock State Park are flowing this year! These rare seasonal waterfalls only form when runoff spills over the dam.  The waterfalls create a stunning contrast with the arid desert environment and attract a lot of photographers […]

Safety at the Gunlock State Park Waterfalls

Posted on: March 13th, 2023

UPDATE 3/14/2023: As spring runoff accelerates, it will likely bring down debris, including tree limbs, rocks and dirt, which will accumulate near the top of the dam and spillway. Debris flow presents safety hazards for park visitors and the dam. If debris accumulates, crews will remove it as quickly as possible, which will require visitors […]

Utah State Parks Spring Celebrations – 2023

Posted on: March 3rd, 2023

Say hello to spring and goodbye to those winter blues with Utah State Parks! It’s the perfect season to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. Plenty of exciting events and activities are lined up for you, your friends, and your family.  Hike, camp, or just relax and take in the stunning scenery! […]

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 […]