Utah State Parks

On today's Local News Hour:

( 08:27) Eric Bradshaw Director of Rockport, Echo and Rail Trail Utah State Parks talks about the recently announced funding for upgrades to about a dozen state parks in the state.

( 21:04) Executive Director of the Alf Engen Ski Musuem Connie Nelson and Larry Warren, an inductee of the 2020 Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame.

( 38:40) Park City Historic Alliance Ex. Director Ginger Wicks with an update from yesterday's board meeting.

On today's Local News Hour:

( 02:25) Mountain Trails Foundation weekly report.

( 08:19) Sean Higgins report on the Park City Council directing staff to pursue taking over a portion of the rail trail from Utah State Parks. 

( 11:12) Summit County Park City Arts Council Ex. Director Jocelyn Scudder has last call for artist for the upcoming Monster Drawing Rally.

( 22:21) Park City Councilmember Nann Worel has a recap of last night's meeting.

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Wildlife officers are now looking for the perpetrator in the shooting of a bald eagle in Summit County earlier this month.


Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers received a report of an injured juvenile bald eagle near Henefer on April 2. 


A Utah State Parks ranger and Utah Highway Patrol trooper located and captured the injured bird near the Weber River, west of Interstate 84 along the frontage road. It was transported to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden.

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 State park visits have skyrocketed during the pandemic, with a record amount of visitors in 2020. 

While parks have seen an uptick in visitors for the past couple years, last year there was a 33% increase, according to Scott Strong, deputy director of Utah State Parks. 

He said during the pandemic they had 10.6 million visitors, up 2.3 million from the previous year. 

Deputy Director of Utah State Parks Scott Strong discusses the 33% increase in visitors to state parks last year during the pandemic and what that means for revenue. He also shares updates on new state park projects.


Today on the Local News Hour:

(01:49) - Utah Avalanche Forecast Center Report

(09:03) - Utah Division of Parks and Recreation saw a record number of visitors in the past calendar year. Deputy Director of  Utah State Parks Scott Strong talks about the increase in visitation.

(23:51) - US Ski and Snowboard Association update with Communications Manager Lara Carlton.

(34:31) - President of the South Summit Trails Foundation Tom Noaker has details about the S.R. 32 paved trail petition.

Utah State Parks

  In compliance with the recommendations from Governor Gary R. Herbert and after careful consideration, the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has officially canceled all state park events.

This cancelation is effective immediately and will last through April 15th. It also includes events hosted by third-party vendors that are expected to take place at a state park during that time.


Saturday the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation is holding the annual Military Appreciation day. Utah’s State Parks will waive entry fees for all active military, veterans and their families.

Many of the state parks will host events and activities that will include boat parades, night sky activities and flag raising ceremonies. The list of state parks and accompanying activities will be posted with this story on KPCW.org.

Utah State Parks

A 25-year-old man who died while swimming at East Canyon State Park Sunday has been identified as Shervin Rayeneh, from North Salt Lake.

Lt. Eric Stucki with Utah State Parks says Rayeneh was boating with friends and family at the reservoir Sunday. Rayeneh jumped into the water with friends, and after some time, he began to struggle with swimming. Stucki says Rayeneh tried to return to the boat, went under the water and didn’t come back up.

New Director of Utah State Park Jeff Rasmussen comes into his new role with 25 years of experience. He’s been deputy director since 2012. He says his vision for State Parks is to continue to offer great services while keeping up with trends.

“People that we have working at our state parks know best what our customers are looking for because they’re with them every day,” Rasmussen said “they’re always coming up with new ideas 'hey we need to offer a floating water park at Jordanelle' it’s because of that creativity and dedication that we come up with these ideas”

Bureau of Reclamation

Newly appointed Director of Utah State Parks, Jeff Rasmussen, has 25 years of experience within Utah’s state parks. Rasmussen says he’s focused on keeping up with recreation needs on the Wasatch Back.

There are 6 state parks in Wasatch and Summit Counties including Rockport, Pacific Rail Trail, Jordanelle, Wasatch Mountain, Deer Creek, and Utah’s newest state park Echo.

Utah State Parks

Yoga is becoming wildly popular around the Globe. Statistics show nearly 37 million people practice in the US alone. Projections show that 55 million will take up the activity by the year 2020. Utah State Parks have partnered with a private Outdoor Yoga Company and will offer the chance to practice at some of Utah’s most scenic state parks.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Summit County Is Getting A New State Park

Mar 29, 2018
Coalville City

A new state park will be established at Echo Reservoir.  It’s owned by the Bureau of Reclamation and the plan is to partner with Utah State Parks to fund the new facilities.  There will be changes once the federal public input process is complete.  Carolyn Murray has this:

Echo Reservoir Is Utah's Newest State Park

Feb 21, 2018
Echo State Park

A resolution making Echo Reservoir Utah’s 44th state park was signed Wednesday. They’ll begin construction on new and updated amenities sometime this spring. There will be an opportunity for the public to give input. Carolyn Murray has this:

Rail Trail State Park

Park City wants to open up HOV lanes on State Route 248 to encourage more car-pooling and transit use. Because it’s a state road, UDOT requires an environmental assessment.  Some Park City residents are upset about notices they received from UDOT stating the Rail Trail corridor is being considered in the study. Carolyn Murray has more: