Utah State Parks Blog

Utah State Parks Announces Changes to Annual Pass Fees

Posted on: December 31st, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is announcing upcoming changes to the annual day-use pass fees. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is primarily a self-funded agency that relies on park fees to run clean, safe, and friendly parks. Over the past several years the Division has reinvested over […]

First Day Hikes 2021

Posted on: December 30th, 2020

Utah State Parks is kicking off 2021 with another installment of our annual First Day Hikes on New Years Day. This year is slightly scaled back, as we are hosting hikes at two different state parks: Antelope Island State Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park. Check out information on the two different hikes below for […]

Utah OHV Advisory Council Seeks Two Representatives

Posted on: December 15th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is currently seeking two representatives to serve on the Utah Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Council. The open positions to be filled are for the “At-Large Representative” and the “Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Representative.” The purpose of the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Advisory Council is to represent various […]

Fantasy at the Bay Christmas Lights 2020

Posted on: November 25th, 2020

WILLARD BAY STATE PARK — A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Fantasy at the Bay has become a must-see holiday lights experience for those in the northern Utah area. These Christmas lights span throughout much of the northern campground of the state park. Be sure to tune your radio into the appropriate station once […]

Park Visitation Increases Over 1.7 Million

Posted on: November 9th, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — Even in the midst of the Coronavirus, state park visitation in Utah has skyrocketed. The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is announcing a 36% increase in visitation during popular 2020 recreation months compared to 2019. From May-August 2019, Utah State Parks had approximately 4,925,123 visitors. Within those same months in […]

Historic Haunts – Halloween Events at Utah State Parks

Posted on: October 16th, 2020

It’s that time of year again! The temperature is dropping, the leaves are changing, and goblins, ghosts, and ghouls will soon be the norm. With so many possibilities and fun things happening around Utah this October, we’ve decided to give you a list of upcoming activities at state parks just a short drive from the […]

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 […]