Utah State Parks Blog

10 Summer Safety Tips From Utah State Parks

Posted on: May 24th, 2024

Utah’s state parks are calling your name this summer, promising spectacular landscapes and epic outdoor delights. But before you dive head-first into the excitement, let’s make sure you’re all set for a safe and memorable experience. Whether you are hitting the trails, riding the waves, or soaking up the sun, we’ve got ten essential summer […]

Salt Lake City Man Dies in PWC Crash at East Canyon State Park

Posted on: May 23rd, 2024

SALT LAKE CITY  — A 30-year-old man has died after a personal watercraft accident at East Canyon State Park.  Just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Utah State Parks law enforcement rangers responded to the west side of the reservoir after receiving a call about a crash. Benjamin Paul Rosser from Salt Lake City, originally from Pennsylvania, […]

Nevada Man Dies in Incident at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: May 5th, 2024

HURRICANE, Utah — An 18-year-old man has died after a swimming incident at Sand Hollow State Park.  Just after 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, Christian Jeffrey Fisher from Las Vegas, Nevada, was swimming with friends in the dive park area at Sand Hollow State Park. While swimming, Fisher’s friends saw him struggle to keep his head […]

A Guide to Spring at Utah’s State Parks

Posted on: March 26th, 2024

April 22, 2024 A world of outdoor excitement and natural beauty awaits as we bid a frosty farewell to winter. Join Utah State Parks in celebrating the arrival of spring, where the sun shines brighter, the great outdoors beckon with open arms, and a fluffy bunny friend might just make an annual visit to hide […]

Antelope Island Biologist Presented With Utah Wildlife Federation Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award

Posted on: March 20th, 2024

From: The Utah Wildlife Federation March 20, 2024 ECCLES WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER, FARMINGTON, Utah —The Utah Wildlife Federation has named Steve Bates the recipient of the Lifetime Conservation Achievement Award.   Steve Bates grew up helping his father count elk, observing dancing sage grouse in mating rituals, and even riding in low-flying planes and helicopters […]

Step Back in Time with Sheep to Shawl at Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

Posted on: March 12th, 2024

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, in collaboration with Sagebrush Fiber Artisans, invites you to an exciting and educational event — Sheep to Shawl! Get ready for a day filled with family fun, hands-on experiences, and a chance to witness the fascinating process of turning wool into beautiful garments. Whether you’re a […]

Scott Strong Named as New Utah State Parks Director

Posted on: February 26th, 2024

From: Utah Department of Natural Resources SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 23, 2024) — Utah Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Joel Ferry has appointed Scott Strong as the new Utah Division of State Parks director. The Utah State Parks Board announced its support on Thursday. Strong has served as interim director since Jeff Rasmussen retired in December […]

Exciting Updates to the 2024 Utah State Parks Annual Day-Use Pass

Posted on: February 14th, 2024

February 14, 2024 SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to announce updates to our annual day-use pass for 2024!  Due to popular demand, the annual pass has undergone additional design and policy upgrades while continuing to be sold in a compact, wallet-friendly card style. The new design features the […]

Anasazi State Park Museum Closes for Exciting Renovation

Posted on: December 19th, 2023

December 19, 2023 BOULDER, Utah — Anasazi State Park Museum temporarily closed its doors on December 18, for a significant renovation, and is expected to reopen in July 2024.  During this temporary closure, future visitors can anticipate a revitalized museum featuring a refreshed appearance and state-of-the-art exhibits.  “Our goal is to provide a more immersive […]

Utah State Parks Director Retires After 31 Years

Posted on: December 13th, 2023

SALT LAKE CITY — After an illustrious 31-year career with the Utah Division of State Parks, Division Director Jeff Rasmussen has announced his well-deserved retirement. “The time has come for me to start my next great adventure,” Rasmussen said. “My time with Utah State Parks has been something that I’ll cherish forever, and I’m thankful […]