The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of all Utah residents by preserving and providing natural, cultural and recreational resources for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The Division manages Utah’s 43 state parks, heritage sites and museums, which are explored by nearly 4 million visitors annually.Through the Utah State Parks system, visitors can explore 23 lakes and reservoirs, including 1,346 square miles of freshwater; ride over 80,000 miles of ATV trails on some of the nation’s largest, and most spectacular trail systems; hike and bike 277 miles of trails or stay the night at one of the system’s 3,406 campgrounds.
Each state park is diverse and includes unique opportunities and amenities. Visitors can explore ancient Native American ruins at Anasazi State Park Museum, or observe wild bison and world famous Great Salt Lake waterfowl at Antelope Island State Park. Take in the majestic views at Dead Horse Point State Park one day and explore the sandstone goblins at Goblin Valley State Park the next. Visit the Wasatch Mountains by riding a 4,000 foot zip line in the morning at Deer Creek State Park, and follow it up with an afternoon of paddle boarding Jordanelle State Park.The Division also manages the state’s Off-highway and boating programs. Utah State Parks administers and enforces Utah’s boating laws and rules and provides access, safety, education and search and rescue. The Division’s OHV program includes education, trail maintenance, grants, user compliance and enforcement and search and rescue. Both are designed to preserve and maintain high quality experiences while also providing resources that allow people to recreate safely.