Jeff Rasmussen, Director of the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation

Director’s Message

Welcome to Utah’s state parks! We invite you to visit your favorite state park or choose one you haven’t visited before.

There is something for everyone including boating, golfing, camping, hiking, exploring, ATV riding, canoeing, taking photographs, and enjoying the natural beauty of red rock canyons or vast sand-covered hills.

Our 44 state parks offer opportunities for fun and learning for individuals or families. Take time to get outside and experience the heritage, scenic and recreational state parks that exist for your enjoyment. Learn about the state’s rich natural, cultural and historic treasures.

Your safety is our main concern. If you are on the water, please wear your life jacket. If you’re riding out on the trail, please wear your helmet.

Our Mission Statement

To enhance the quality of life of Utahns and visitors by preserving and providing natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

State Park System

Services and Functions: We manage Utah’s state park system, which includes operations, planning, and protection of 44 heritage, scenic, and recreation parks.

The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation was officially born in 1957 as the Utah State Parks Commission. The Territorial Statehouse was named the first state park that same year.

Off-Highway Vehicles

We administer summer and winter off-highway vehicle programs including education, trail maintenance, grant programs, user compliance, accident investigation, and search and rescue.

State Boating Act

We administer the State Boating Act on Utah waters, which includes safety, education, and enforcement.

Grant Programs

We administer Land and Water Conservation Fund, non-motorized, and motorized trails grant programs.

Planning and Development

We guide short and long-term site management for each park to protect and interpret each park’s natural and cultural resource base, ensure safe, enjoyable visitor experiences, provide for new visitor opportunities, and develop and enhance facilities to meet visitor needs.


Employment and Volunteer Information