Utah State Parks Blog

Incredible 12-Foot Long Fossil Log Recovered from the Morrison Formation

Posted on: August 11th, 2021

August 11, 2021 Vernal, Utah — The Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum is celebrating the recovery of the “Manwell Log”—a 12-foot long petrified portion of a once-living tree related to our modern-day Norfolk Pine. Named for the woman who discovered it, the “Manwell Log” is approximately 152 million years old and […]

Echo State Park to Close Day-Use Area for Remainder of Year

Posted on: August 5th, 2021

August 5, 2021 ECHO STATE PARK — Utah State Parks is officially announcing that Echo State Park will be closing its day-use and launch ramp area next week to allow for construction on park improvements and expansion. The park will be closing off the area for construction beginning on Monday, August 9, 2021. The closure […]

Utah State Parks and Girl Scouts of Utah Join Together to Celebrate Starry Night Skies

Posted on: July 29th, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY — Girl Scouts of Utah will officially launch their Dark Sky Patch July 31, 2021, with a celebratory star party at Antelope Island State Park. Girl Scouts can earn the patch by learning how to be good stewards of natural night skies through various fun and educational activities. Antelope Island State Park […]

Peppa Pig Partnership!

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021

July 22, 2021 Oink oink! Have you heard the news? For the FIRST TIME EVER, Peppa Pig and her family are traveling throughout the United States of America! After winning a ticket to star in Super Potato’s Hollywood movie, Peppa and family fly over the Atlantic and land in New York City. Now that they’re […]

Investing in the Future of Outdoor Recreation – Exciting Changes Coming to Utah State Parks

Posted on: July 8th, 2021

July 8, 2021 SALT LAKE CITY — With a 33% increase in state park visitation compared to the previous year (that’s over 2.66 million!) the 2020 recreation season was truly one for the record books. With no signs of slowing down, Utah is making an unprecedented investment into our beautiful state park system. Expanding facilities […]

NOTICE: Temporary Closure at Edge of the Cedars

Posted on: July 8th, 2021

July 8, 2021 BLANDING, Utah — Park management is announcing the temporary closure of Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum. The park will be closed to the public beginning on July 12 and will reopen on August 1. During this time, the museum will be undergoing some renovations, including new carpet and HVAC improvements. […]

Salt Lake County Man Dead After Drowning at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: July 4th, 2021

July 4, 2021 DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A Salt Lake County man is dead after a suspected drowning incident at Deer Creek State Park Saturday.  On July 3, just after noon, Utah State Parks rangers and members of the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office responded to the boat ramp after receiving reports of a possible […]

Married Couple Dead After Incident at Deer Creek State Park, Teen Rescued in Close-Call at Jordanelle State Park

Posted on: June 20th, 2021

June 20, 2021 SALT LAKE CITY — A married Arizona couple has passed away following an incident at Deer Creek State Park on Sunday.  On June 20, just before noon, Utah State Parks rangers responded to an area of the reservoir off the main state park entrance. A man, 72-year-old David D. McMillan from Arizona, […]

Name Release: Teen Dead After Incident at Deer Creek State Park

Posted on: June 18th, 2021

June 18, 2021 DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A Salt Lake County teen is dead following an incident at Deer Creek State Park Thursday afternoon.  On June 17, at around 4:45 p.m., Utah State Parks Rangers responded to the Island Beach day-use area of Deer Creek State Park after receiving a call of a possible […]

Upcoming Construction Impacts at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park 

Posted on: June 15th, 2021

June 15, 2021 KANAB, Utah — Management at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park is announcing temporary day-use limitations due to an upcoming asphalt resurfacing project.   The project will take place from June 23-30. During this time, the state park will be operating at a limited day-use capacity. The main day-use parking lot, sand dunes […]