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State Parks Adds Pre-Pay Option: To Protect Staff And Check Residency


Utah State Parks is implementing a new system to protect their staff and make sure those using the parks are authorized to be there.

A new pre-pay option allows visitors to pay their park day-use fee online prior to visiting a state park. Those purchasing a pre-paid day use pass online will also be asked to verify they are a resident of the county where the state park is located.

As we’ve reported, Governor Gary Herbert’s Stay at Home directive means that out of county travel is allowed only for essential activities. It also prevents those living in one county, to visit a state park in another county. So, those living in Summit County are not allowed to use the state parks, like Wasatch, Deer Creek and Jordanelle in Wasatch County. See our earlier story about problems at a state park.

By prepaying, State Parks is hoping to limit visitor interaction with their park staff at the entrance gates.   

Each state park has links to their online pre-pay option posted on their individual park webpages at stateparks.utah.gov. After purchasing the day-pass, visitors can either print their receipt or show a digital copy to gate staff at the state park in order to gain entry.

Park visitors are asked to practice #ResponsibleRecreation, which means honoring the social distance of others, avoiding crowded trailheads and areas, and keeping parks and facilities clean.

To learn more about what steps the Division is taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit the official Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage.