Utah State Parks Blog

Famous dinosaur-producing rocks in Utah yield fossil of large predatory insect

Posted on: May 20th, 2020

VERNAL, UTAH — A team of paleontologists from Utah and Argentina has discovered a 151-million-year-old insect fossil from the Morrison Formation, the same rock unit from the Rocky Mountain region that has produced the famous dinosaurs Apatosaurus, Allosaurus, and Stegosaurus. The insect was named Morrisonnepa jurassica in a recent paper in the journal Historical Biology. […]

Wasatch Mtn. SP Closes Trails Due to Saddle Fire

Posted on: May 12th, 2020

WASATCH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK — Due to the Saddle Fire north of Midway, Utah, Wasatch Mountain State Park has closed the Dutch Hollow Trail System, along with “The Phosphate” and “The Face” trails, until further notice. Follow Utah Fire Info on Twitter and Facebook for additional updates on the fire.

Waterfalls Stop Flowing at Gunlock State Park

Posted on: May 6th, 2020

Gunlock State Park (May 6, 2020) — The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park have ceased to flow due to an operational modification of Gunlock Reservoir requested by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.  High levels of visitation have made it difficult for individuals and families to social distance themselves from others during the COVID-19 […]

New Guidelines Implemented at State Parks to Address High Visitation

Posted on: April 29th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (April 29, 2020) — Following an announcement made last week by Governor Gary R. Herbert, most of Utah’s 44 state parks were opened to all visitors, with some limitations in areas where local health orders are in place.  After a busy weekend at some Utah state parks — especially those in the […]

Utah State Parks Restrictions Lifted

Posted on: April 17th, 2020

UPDATE (5/1/2020): All areas managed by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation are now open to all visitors. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 page for updated information. SALT LAKE CITY (April 17, 2020) — Following an announcement made today by Governor Gary R. Herbert, Utah State Parks are open to all Utah visitors, […]

Utah State Parks Announces New Day-use Pre-Pay Option

Posted on: April 8th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the implementation of an online pre-pay day-use system. This new pre-pay option allows visitors to pay their park day-use fee online prior to visiting the state park. Those purchasing a pre-paid day-use pass online will also be asked to verify […]

What is #ResponsibleRecreation?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2020

Updated: 6/10/2020 Exploring Utah’s state parks and recreation areas is a great way to exercise, escape cabin fever, and relieve anxiety and stress. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all must do our part in practicing #ResponsibleRecreation. “Responsible Recreation” means acknowledging that we all have a role in keeping one another safe. […]

Utah State Parks Cancels Events Through April 15

Posted on: March 23rd, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — In compliance with the recommendations from Governor Gary R. Herbert and after careful consideration, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has officially canceled all state park events. This cancelation is effective immediately and will last through April 15, 2020. It also includes events hosted by third-party vendors that are expected […]


Posted on: March 16th, 2020

This page will be updated as more information evolves and becomes available. Consult the table at the bottom of this page for info on specific parks. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation takes the health and safety of our visitors and employees seriously. Employees have been asked to clean high-traffic areas or highly-used materials […]

Utah State Parks Cancels Two Events, Parks Remain Open

Posted on: March 13th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Yesterday, Governor Gary R. Herbert and the COVID-19 Community Task Force urged Utah residents to avoid mass gatherings of more than 100 people. As a result, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has canceled two upcoming March events. These canceled events include the Playhouse Plunge at Willard Bay State Park […]