Utah State Parks Blog

Staying Safe in Cold Water

Posted on: October 15th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Autumn is here, and along with the changing leaves comes changing water temperatures.  These colder temperatures — combined with the rise in state park visitation this season — has the Utah State Parks Boating Program urging recreational boaters, hunters, anglers, and swimmers to remain mindful and to protect themselves from overexposure […]

11-year-old Dead After Incident at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: October 7th, 2020

Date: 10/7/2020 SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK  — An 11-year-old Arizona boy is dead following a personal watercraft incident at Sand Hollow State Park on Monday.  At about 1:15 p.m. on October 5, 2020, two personal watercraft collided with each other on Sand Hollow Reservoir. Each of the two watercraft was carrying an adult with two […]

Man found dead after UTV accident at Wasatch Mountain State Park

Posted on: October 4th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah man is dead following an incident at Wasatch Mountain State Park.  The man, 61-year-old Anthony Patrick Dugmore from Wasatch County, was traveling alone in his UTV within Wasatch Mountain State Park on a hunting trip on Saturday, October 4, 2020. His last contact with family members occurred later that […]

Labor Day Weekend Safety

Posted on: September 3rd, 2020

9/3/2020 SALT LAKE CITY — Labor Day weekend, like many holiday weekends, offer Utahn’s and out-of-state visitors alike an extended opportunity to experience the great outdoors at Utah’s state parks and recreation areas. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation would like to encourage visitors to continue practicing #ResponsibleRecreation and exercise safety precautions to ensure […]

Man Injured at Antelope Island State Park in Possible Bison Incident 

Posted on: August 29th, 2020

8/29/2020 ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — A 55-year-old man was critically injured today while trail running at Antelope Island State Park. Two women who were on the Antelope Island State Park Lakeside Trail came across a lone trail runner who was calling out for help.  The women called 911 and state park personnel responded.  They […]

East Canyon State Park Receives International Dark Sky Park Designation

Posted on: August 28th, 2020

EAST CANYON STATE PARK — East Canyon State Park Manager Chris Haramoto has always aimed toward the stars. He became enthralled with the space adventure series Star Trek as a kid and set the goal of making his own mark on the heavens somehow, some way. Haramoto achieved that objective on August 21, 2020, when […]

Changes Announced for the 34th Annual Bison Roundup

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

­­ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is announcing some significant changes to this year’s upcoming Antelope Island Bison Roundup. Traditionally, each year, cowboys atop their horses assist park personnel in rounding up the 700+ bison across Antelope Island and guiding them into the corrals for their annual checkup. One […]

Public Comment: LWCF Proposals

Posted on: August 20th, 2020

NOTICE: This public comment period is now closed. The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants program was enacted by Congress to assist in the acquisition and development of high priority public outdoor recreation facilities. The program, administered by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation (the Division), provides matching grants to state and local […]

Texas Man Dead After Falling at Dead Horse Point State Park

Posted on: July 26th, 2020

DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK — A Texas man is dead following an incident at Dead Horse Point State Park Sunday.  The man, 54-year-old Charles Campassi from Houston, Texas, was visiting the park with family. Around noon, the group was hiking the area near the West Rim Trail when Campassi lost his footing and fell […]

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 […]