Utah State Parks Blog

Man Dies While Aiding Child at Red Fleet State Park

Posted on: July 16th, 2020

RED FLEET STATE PARK — A 34-year-old Uintah County man is dead following an incident at Red Fleet State Park yesterday.  Just before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, Dustin Peterson was boating with family and friends in the wakeless area of Red Fleet Reservoir.  While there, a child in Peterson’s group began to […]

Tennessee Man Dies at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: July 9th, 2020

DEER CREEK STATE PARK – A 71-year-old Tennessee man is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park yesterday. Just before 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Daniel Nelson Thompson from Newport, Tennessee was boating with family and friends between Wallsburg Bay and Rainbow Cove area at Deer Creek State Park.  While boating, Thompson’s […]

Operation Dry Water 2020: Utah Officers Fight Against Boating Intoxication

Posted on: July 6th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to decrease the number of DUI’s both on and off the water this last holiday weekend, law enforcement officers joined forces as part of Operation Dry Water 2020. Law enforcement contacted over 3,000 people during this year’s Operation Dry Water; which yield a number of citations and arrests […]

Utah Man Dies at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: June 29th, 2020

DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A 24-year-old Utah man is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park yesterday. Just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020, Jose Antonio Fuentes-Alvarez from Salt Lake County, was swimming in the Rainbow Bay area at Deer Creek State Park. While he was swimming, members of Fuentes-Alvarez’s […]

Utah Man Dies at Yuba State Park

Posted on: June 13th, 2020

YUBA STATE PARK — A Utah man is dead following an incident at Yuba State Park this morning. At approximately 9:30 a.m., Utah State Park’s law enforcement rangers responded to reports of two individuals being thrown from a personal watercraft. One of the men resurfaced and was able to stay afloat; while the other did […]

State Park Officials Warn of Carbon Monoxide Dangers When Boating

Posted on: June 9th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (June 9, 2020) — Utah is home to some of the most beautiful waterbodies around. Every year countless recreators visit these waters to fish, boat, water ski, and relax with their friends and family. Unfortunately, many water recreators are unaware of a silent killer putting them and their family at danger aboard […]

Park Ranger Receives Award, Saves Woman Just Two Days Later

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Being a Utah State Parks Law Enforcement Ranger is both a challenging and rewarding job. These rangers spend countless hours training, patrolling Utah’s recreation areas, volunteering in search and rescue efforts, managing state parks, and interacting with the public. One such Ranger had an especially busy week — receiving a prestigious […]

Utah State Parks Partners with Arrive Outdoors to Offer Outdoor Gear Rentals

Posted on: June 4th, 2020

The partnership will increase access to the outdoors by providing access to rentable gear, allowing visitors to save up to 90% off retail with delivery directly to your door. SALT LAKE CITY (June 3, 2020 ) — Today, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation announces a new partnership with Arrive Outdoors, an outdoor travel […]

Utah officials push life jackets, release new PSA as Memorial Day approaches

Posted on: May 21st, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Memorial Day is around the corner, and Utah State Parks officials are urging the public to wear their life jackets as Utahns gear up for the start of the recreation season. Utah has already experienced 3 water-related deaths within the last two weeks. Unfortunately, none of those involved in these tragedies […]

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. […]