Utah State Parks & Recreation

Whether you prefer stunning red rock trails, snow capped mountains, or lush green trees, there is a little bit of something for everybody here in Utah. Our 43 state parks each offer unique opportunities for anyone with a desire to get outside and #ExploreUtah.

Recreation Areas

Our parks are the perfect place to enjoy your favorite recreational activities and there are options available for those of all backgrounds and skill levels. So whether you prefer boating, golfing, camping, hiking, ATV riding, canoeing, photography or just exploring new places, Utah State Parks has a place for you.

Historic Places

While you’re here, don’t forget to stop by one of our heritage park museums and take a glimpse into Utah’s rich history. These offer visitors a glimpse back into Utah’s past. These aren’t your typical museums. Come learn how to weave traditional Native American blankets or participate in one of our atlatl throwing events. History can be fun!

Please remember, your safety is our main concern. So if you are on the water, please wear your life jacket, and if you’re riding out on the trail, don’t forget to wear your helmet.

Contact us

Utah Division of State Parks & Recreation
1594 W. North Temple
Salt Lake City, UT

Phone: 801-538-7332

Utah State Parks 60th Anniversary Celebration

With the coming of 2017, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is set to celebrate it’s 60th anniversary.

Come join us in celebration as we host multiple events across the state each month of 2017 – there will be hikes, fishing tournaments, dances, winter festivals, and more!

where We Began

In 1957, A new Utah State Parks Commission came into being through the efforts of the state legislature and Governor George Dewey Clyde. The legislature tasked the commission with formulating and executing a long-range plan for a state park and recreation system.

The first state park is one still around today, and a favorite to many. The Territorial State House State Park Museum  is Utah’s oldest existing governmental building, and came under the commissions jurisdiction in 1957.

If you visit there today, you can take a glimpse back in time at early Utah life. Visit on January 7 and you can also take part in the annual Statehood Dance celebration.

Since 1957, other State Parks have come and gone, and 60 years later we have a total of 43 parks within our Utah State Parks system. The newest park, Sand Hollow, opened as a state park in 2003 and has become a very popular recreation area for those looking to ride the sand dunes, boat the blue waters, or camp under the stars.

60th Anniversary Celebrations & Activities

To celebrate our 60th anniversary, we will be hosting multiple events each month at state parks across Utah. These activities vary from dances to fishing tournaments, so be sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar for events marked “60th Celebration” and come join in on the fun.

To kick off the celebration on New Years Day, Utah State Parks is hosting multiple First Day Hikes across the state – five of them to be exact.

Antelope Island will host three different hikes of varying difficulty – with Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Dead Horse Point each hosting one as well. You can read more about these hikes, as well as watch an informative video by clicking HERE. Bring in the New Year with a First Day Hike near you!

Share your adventures at these celebrations and activities with us on social media using the hashtags: #UtahSP60, #DiamondsOfUtah, #CelebrateUtah, and #ExploreUtah!

New Annual Passes

Visitors far and wide have experienced the beauty and wonder of our state parks, and they are truly considered to be the Diamonds of Utah. We liked the name so much, we’re running with it. Now, the 2017-2018 Annual Day Use Passes will feature the 60th Anniversary Diamond loud and proud on the front. Pick up yours today at any of our staffed parks or offices to show your love and support for your Utah State Parks.

ABit of History

A lot has changed over these last 60 years, and to show you exactly how much we’re going to be sharing a bit of history!

Every other week, we will be sharing one of our favorite photos from one of our Utah State Parks; as well as some fun facts about what you’re seeing, what has changed since then, and what we can expect in the near future.

Be sure to follow our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram pages for these historical highlights, as well as other need-to-know information involving our parks.

TitleCategoryAddressDescription
Yuba State Park Yuba State Park

(435) 758-2611

Willard Bay State Park Willard Bay State Park

(435) 734-9494

Wasatch Mountain State Park Wasatch Mountain State Park

(435) 654-1791

Utah Lake State Park Utah Lake State Park

(801) 375-0731

Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum

(435) 789-3799

This is The Place Heritage Park This is The Place Heritage Park

(801) 582-1847

Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum

(435) 743-5316

Steinaker State Park Steinaker State Park

(435) 789-4432

Starvation State Park Starvation State Park

(435) 738-2326

Scofield State Park Scofield State Park

(435) 448-9449

Rockport State Park Rockport State Park

(435) 336-2241

Red Fleet State Park Red Fleet State Park

(435) 789-4432

Quail Creek State Park Quail Creek State Park

(435) 879-2378

Piute State Park Piute State Park

(435) 624-3268

Otter Creek State Park Otter Creek State Park

(435) 624-3268

Millsite State Park Millsite State Park

(435) 384-2552

Jordanelle State Park Jordanelle State Park

(435) 649-9540

Jordan River OHV State Recreation Area Jordan River OHV State Recreation Area

(801) 533-5425

Hyrum State Park Hyrum State Park

(435) 245-6866

Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail Utah

(435) 649-6839

Green River State Park Green River State Park

(435) 564-3633

Great Salt Lake State Park Great Salt Lake State Park

(801) 828-0787

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

(435) 586-9290

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum Fremont Indian State Park and Museum

(435) 527-4631

Flight Park State Recreation Area Flight Park State Recreation Area

(801) 533-5127

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

(435) 826-4466

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

(435) 678-2238

East Canyon State Park East Canyon State Park

(801) 829-6866

Deer Creek State Park Deer Creek State Park Utah

(435) 654-0171

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

(435) 648-2800

Camp Floyd State Park Museum Camp Floyd State Park Museum Utah

(801) 768-8932

Bear Lake State Park Bear Lake State Park

(435) 946-3343

Antelope Island State Park Antelope Island State Park

(801) 725-9263

Anasazi State Park Museum Anasazi State Park Museum

(435) 335-7308

Huntington State Park Huntington State Park Campground Road, Huntington, UT, United States

(435) 687-2491

Palisade State Park Palisade State Park
    (435) 835-6676

 

Sand Hollow State Park Sand Hollow State Park

(435) 680-0715

Gunlock State Park Gunlock State Park

(435) 680-0715

Kodachrome Basin State Park Kodachrome Basin State Park

(435) 679-8562

Dead Horse State Park Dead Horse State Park Utah

(435) 259-2614

Goosenecks State Park Goosenecks State Park

(435) 678-2238

Snow Canyon State Park Snow Canyon State Park

(435) 628-2255

Goblin Valley State Park Goblin Valley State Park

(435) 275-4584