Utah State Parks Blog

Military Appreciation Day 2018

Posted on: August 3rd, 2018

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce our annual Military Appreciation Day set for Saturday, August 11, 2018. As part of the celebration, all Utah State Parks* will offer free day-use entrance for active military, veterans, and their family in the same vehicle. Many of these parks will also be hosting fun […]

Alert OHV Trail Host Discovers Abandoned Snowmobile

Posted on: July 26th, 2018

AMERICAN FORK CANYON — OHV Trail Hosts constantly keep their eyes open for opportunities to help. They are diligent and dedicated to ensuring Utah’s OHV recreation areas are a safe and fun place for everyone to enjoy. Recently, that diligence paid off big time when one trail host discovered an abandoned snowmobile in a ditch. […]

Meet the New Deputy Director of Operations!

Posted on: July 26th, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is excited to announce that Dave Harris has accepted the role of Deputy Director of Operations for Utah State Parks. He is filling the position left open after Jeff Rassmussen was appointed from Deputy Director to Division Director back in June 2018. Harris grew […]

Volunteers ‘Guard’ Riders, Cattle in Recent Project

Posted on: July 25th, 2018

FERRON — A Utah ATV club recently teamed up governmental partners to help install a Cattle Guard in a popular OHV recreation area. The Sand Rock Ridge Riders ATV Club teamed up with former OHV Program Intern Patrick Buhr and BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Myron Jeffs from the Price BLM Field Office. The group installed […]

Boating Restricted at Deer Creek Due to Fire

Posted on: July 11th, 2018

UPDATE: As of 8 am Thursday, July 12, the park is once again open for boating. Thank you all for your patience and understanding.    DEER CREEK STATE PARK — Due to a fire near Deer Creek State Park, public boating on Deer Creek Reservoir has been restricted until further notice. All boats on the water […]

Utah Man Dies at Willard Bay State Park

Posted on: July 11th, 2018

– Park Officials Seek Public’s Help In Investigation – WILLARD BAY STATE PARK — A 46-year-old man has died at Willard Bay State Park and Utah State Park officials are seeking the public’s help in the investigation. The man, identified as Brandon Larsen from Perry Utah, first arrived at Willard Bay State Park on Sunday […]

OHV Volunteer Spotlight – Meet Staff Sgt. Jon Rector

Posted on: June 26th, 2018

BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND, UT —  While many Utahns were born and raised around the great outdoors – there are others who move to Utah and find this beauty later on in life. Does this impact the appreciation these newcomers have for these lands? To people like Staff Sergeant Jonathan Rector, the answer is a resounding “No!” Sgt. […]

Officials Stop 3 Boats Infested With Mussels Prior To Launch

Posted on: June 21st, 2018

DWR, State Parks technicians stop boats before they launch DWR — In just eight days, three boats — infested with quagga mussels — almost launched on water bodies in northern Utah. Fortunately, skilled technicians with the Division of Wildlife Resources and Utah State Parks found the mussels before the boats were able to launch. This quagga […]

UPDATE: Name Released in Sand Hollow Fatality

Posted on: June 14th, 2018

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK – A Nevada man was killed Wednesday following an incident at the Sand Hollow State Park boating dock.  The man, identified as 71-year-old Jimmie Hilton of Las Vegas, was involved in what appears to be an accidental drowning at this time.  According to witnesses, Hilton was stepping from the dock to an awaiting […]

Fatality at Sand Hollow State Park

Posted on: June 13th, 2018

HURRICANE, UT – On June 13, 2018 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Washington County Sheriiff’s Office dispatch reported an accident involving a single male at the dock at the main boat ramp at Sand Hollow State Park.  Utah State Park personnel responded and found an unresponsive 71 year old adult male from Clark County, NV. The […]