Utah State Parks Blog

10 Summer Safety Tips From Utah State Parks

Posted on: June 20th, 2023

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 […]

Paleontologists Find Ancient Forest Deposit in Northeastern Utah

Posted on: June 14th, 2023

June 14, 2023 SALT LAKE CITY — A team of paleontologists from the Utah Division of State Parks and the University of Bonn, Germany, recently excavated and are studying a fossil plant locality in northeastern Utah that indicates the presence of a humid forest in northeastern Utah during the Late Jurassic, the time that produced […]

Utah Man Dead After Incident at Palisade State Park

Posted on: June 4th, 2023

June 4, 2023 STERLING, Utah — A Utah man is dead following an apparent drowning at Palisade State Park Saturday evening.  Just after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Utah State Park law enforcement rangers and Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Palisade State Park after receiving reports about a drowning in progress.  The man, 18-year-old […]

Red Fleet State Park Closure: Construction & Renovation Project Moving Forward

Posted on: May 12th, 2023

May 12, 2023 VERNAL, Utah — Red Fleet State Park will close on June 1, 2023, for renovations and improvements, with plans to reopen for the 2024 season.  This renovation project was originally slated for the 2022 season but was postponed due to supply chain issues and increased costs. The closure will allow for extensive […]

Staying Safe from Flash Flooding in Utah State Parks

Posted on: May 11th, 2023

May 11, 2023 Utah’s state parks offer visitors a chance to explore the natural beauty of the state, from its iconic red rock formations to pristine lakes and rivers. However, with this beauty comes the potential danger of flash flooding; especially in rainy seasons. Flash floods can occur suddenly and without warning, and can pose […]

Three Rangers Recognized for Their Hard Work

Posted on: April 27th, 2023

April 27, 2023 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah is home to some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the country, and the rangers who work here play a critical role in preserving these precious resources and keeping those who visit them safe.  This year, the Utah Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #41 — comprised […]

Sailboat Beach Closing For Deer Creek Intake Project

Posted on: April 27th, 2023

April 27, 2023 DEER CREEK STATE PARK —  The Sailboat Beach Day-Use Area at Deer Creek State Park will be closed to all public access beginning May 1, 2023, for construction as part of the Deer Creek Intake Project. The closure is expected to last until spring 2026.  The project is a critical part of […]

Experience the Magic of the Stars at Utah’s State Parks

Posted on: April 13th, 2023

Utah is known for its stunning natural beauty, but did you know that it’s also home to some of the best stargazing experiences in the country? With its clear, dark skies and minimal light pollution, Utah is a perfect destination for star parties.  With International Dark Sky Week fast approaching (April 15-22, 2023), let’s check […]

New Fee Area: South Overlook Near Quail Creek State Park

Posted on: March 31st, 2023

March 31, 2023 HURRICANE, Utah — Beginning May 1, 2023, the Utah Division of State Parks will begin enforcing a day-use fee for the South Overlook parking lot near Quail Creek State Park.  The overlook and parking lot, located at 451 N. SR-318, Hurricane, Utah, is a popular staging area for visitors. The land is […]

5 Tips to Enjoy the Falls at Gunlock State Park

Posted on: March 16th, 2023

March 16, 2023 With such a snowy winter for most of Utah, it’s no surprise that the falls at Gunlock State Park are flowing this year! These rare seasonal waterfalls only form when runoff spills over the dam.  The waterfalls create a stunning contrast with the arid desert environment and attract a lot of photographers […]