Utah State Parks Blog

Staying Safe in the Heat

Posted on: July 22nd, 2022

It’s HOT out there. While summer might have you wanting to head outside for some fun, venturing out in extreme heat without understanding the risks can put you in a life-threatening situation.  To help you stay safe, the Utah Division of State Parks has put together these 10 tips for safely recreating in the heat: […]

Man Dead After ATV Accident in Sanpete County 

Posted on: July 14th, 2022

July 14, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man is dead following an ATV accident in Sapete County.  On June 23, 61-year-old Donald J. Nicewander of Kearns, Utah, was riding an ATV along the Manti Canyon Road Trail with his friends and family. While riding, Nicewander began having difficulty staying on the trail at […]

Utah Man Dead After Drowning at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: July 7th, 2022

July 7, 2022 HURRICANE, Utah — A Utah man is dead following an incident at Sand Hollow State Park in late June.   On June 25, at approximately 11:35 a.m., state park law enforcement rangers were alerted to a possible drowning inside Sand Hollow State Park boundaries, near the jumping rocks area.  According to witnesses, 20-year-old […]

New Camping, Day-Use Fees at Lost Creek State Park

Posted on: July 6th, 2022

July 6, 2022 CROYDON, Utah —The Utah Division of State Parks is announcing the implementation of day-use and camping fees for areas within the boundaries of Lost Creek State Park.  Beginning on Monday, July 11, 2022, the Division will implement a $10 day-use fee. Camping is available until construction starts, for a fee of $20. […]

Summer Holiday Safety Tips

Posted on: June 30th, 2022

Nothing better than celebrating a summer holiday with your friends and family at your favorite state park, right? We agree! But as you might already know, holidays are some of the busiest times at our parks. Larger crowds always mean a greater chance of incidents. Be prepared in advance with these helpful tips, so you […]

Wasatch Mountain State Park Construction and Tree Removal

Posted on: June 28th, 2022

UPDATE August 10, 2022: The public is invited to attend a project update meeting regarding this campground construction. Click here to learn more.  June 28, 2022 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah State Parks is constructing a new campground near the Chalet at Wasatch Mountain State Park. This area was chosen because of the proximity of […]

New Campground Opens at Gunlock

Posted on: June 28th, 2022

June 28, 2022 GUNLOCK STATE PARK — Have you heard the buzz about the new campground at Gunlock? That’s right, more places to camp! You can even reserve them online now—but don’t you want to hear all about them first? On June 8, 2022, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted at the park to celebrate the […]

Goblin Valley State Park Triples in Size

Posted on: June 24th, 2022

June 24, 2022 GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK — It’s been described as mysterious, majestic, weird, wonderful, and downright “Martian.” Goblin Valley State Park is a Utah favorite for a reason—and now, it’s growing. In a historic ceremony hosted on Friday, June 17, the Bureau of Land Management conveyed over 6,300 acres of federal public land […]

Man Dead After Drowning at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: June 22nd, 2022

July 22, 2022 DEER CREEK STATE PARK, Utah — A teenager is dead following an accidental drowning at Deer Creek State Park on Sunday.  On June 19, 2022, at approximately 4:30 p.m., park rangers were alerted to an ongoing incident involving two individuals swimming off of a boat near the Sailboat Beach area.  The teen, […]

One Dead, Another Injured After Two Separate OHV Accidents in Promontory 

Posted on: June 22nd, 2022

June 22, 2022 PROMONTORY, Utah — One man is dead and another has been injured following two separate off-highway vehicle accidents Tuesday afternoon.  On June 21, a Utah State Parks law enforcement ranger was called to assist in the investigation of an off-highway vehicle accident that had occurred that afternoon near Promontory Road. While the […]