Utah State Parks Blog

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 […]

Utah OHV Program Seeks Representative for Advisory Council

Posted on: June 4th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking a representative to serve on the Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Council to fill the open “Youth Representative” position. The purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Advisory Council is to represent various OHV groups as decisions are made regarding OHV laws, rules, […]

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 […]

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 […]