Utah State Parks Blog

UPDATE: Name Released in Sand Hollow Fatality

Posted on: June 14th, 2018

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK – A Nevada man was killed Wednesday following an incident at the Sand Hollow State Park boating dock.  The man, identified as 71-year-old Jimmie Hilton of Las Vegas, was involved in what appears to be an accidental drowning at this time.  According to witnesses, Hilton was stepping from the dock to an awaiting […]

Fatality at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: June 13th, 2018

HURRICANE, UT – On June 13, 2018 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Washington County Sheriiff’s Office dispatch reported an accident involving a single male at the dock at the main boat ramp at Sand Hollow State Park.  Utah State Park personnel responded and found an unresponsive 71 year old adult male from Clark County, NV. The […]

Public Comment: State Parks Utah Outdoor Recreation Plan

Posted on: June 13th, 2018

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants program was enacted by Congress to assist in the acquisition and development of high priority public outdoor recreation facilities. The program, administered by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation (the Division), provides matching grants to state and local governments creating a broad range of recreation facilities […]

Utah State Parks Has A New Division Director!

Posted on: June 11th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  – Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director Mike Styler has named Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, as the Division’s new director. Rasmussen has served successfully as the division’s interim director since March, when former director, Fred Hayes, passed away unexpectedly at his home […]

Public Notice: Board Meeting 6/5/18

Posted on: May 29th, 2018

BOARD OF UTAH STATE PARKS AND RECREATION MEETING TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL JUNE 5, 2018 DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES 1594 WEST NORTH TEMPLE SOLDIER HOLLOW CONFERENCE ROOM SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH AGENDA June 5, 2018 9:00 a.m. 1. Welcome, Review and Acceptance of Agenda ACTION Board Chair Bob Murri 9:05 a.m. 2. Director’s Report     […]

Help Stop Quagga Mussels From Spreading

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018

As another boating season approaches, DWR reminds you to clean, drain and dry SALT LAKE CITY (DWR) — Quagga mussels are spreading in Lake Powell. By following a few simple steps, you can do much to make sure that doesn’t happen anywhere else in Utah. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, Division of Wildlife Resources Lieutenant […]

Stop Your Boat From Capsizing

Posted on: May 12th, 2018

Capsizing and swamping are two of the worst things that are guaranteed to ruin your time on the lake. Not only is this situation dangerous for everyone onboard, but you are also causing expensive damage to your boat.  Trust us, you don’t want this to happen.  Capsizing occurs when a vessel turns onto its side or […]

Echo State Park Opens May 12

Posted on: May 10th, 2018

ECHO STATE PARK – The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that Echo State Park will be opening to the public on Saturday, May 12, 2018. While walk-in access has been available over the transition period over to Utah State Parks, this will be the first time Echo will be open […]

How To: Rescue Someone From Water

Posted on: May 8th, 2018

Picture this: You’re enjoying a great day out on the water with friends and family. Suddenly, the unthinkable happens, one of your loved ones falls into the water and starts to struggle. What do you do? Thankfully, the Utah State Parks Boating Program wants to help you prepare for just this kind of situation. Did […]

Archaeology Month Celebrations

Posted on: May 2nd, 2018

May is Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Many cities, museums, and parks across Utah are all gearing up to celebrate. With some historic sites of our own, we thought we better get in on the fun. Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum May 5, 2018 Admission is FREE! Come watch black-on-white pottery making, pueblo […]