Utah State Parks

Welcome to Utah’s state parks! Our 46 state parks offer premier scenic, recreational, educational, and cultural opportunities to our visitors. From the cool blue waters of Bear Lake State Park to the red cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Our parks are actively managed to preserve these resources and amenities now and …

Coordinating the Management of Public Lands

The State of Utah supports the wise use, conservation, and protection of public lands and their resources, including well-planned management prescriptions.  It is the State’s position that public lands be managed for multiple uses, sustained yields, prevention of waste of natural resources, and to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. It is important to the State economy …

Air Quality

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality works to improve air quality in Utah. This is a challenging tasks due to increasing populations across the state, wildfire smoke, and inversions. Please do your part to reduce emissions and use your fire sense improve the air quality for all Utahns. Monitoring Utah’s Air Quality ULend: Protecting Air Quality in the Uintah Basin …

Sustainable Tourism

Forever Mighty As you plan your travels, have you considered ways you can visit more thoughtfully? There are lots of ways to minimize your impact, while maximizing your experience. Everyone has a responsibility to visit with respect, and take care of one another and our lands. This is a shared travel ethos we call Forever Mighty. Proactive Conservation in Utah: …

Wild Aware Utah

As the human/wildlife interface expands through housing and other developments throughout Utah, rural areas are becoming more urbanized. And with outdoor recreation becoming increasingly popular, there’s a rise in citizens concerned about how to be safe in these areas. As Utah continues to grow, and as humans and wildlife compete for space, the number of conflicts will increase. The goal …

Landscape view of a lake and forest

Water Priorities

Water is the essence of life. It provides us with joy, health, food, economic opportunities, adventures, breathtaking landscapes, power generation, laughter and memories, and because it makes up two-thirds of our bodies, it makes it so you can be here, visiting our website (and on the earth)! Our population is projected to double by 2065, so stretching our water supply …

Fire Sense

Fire sense is common sense. The trick is just using it. You already know heat or sparks plus dry grass equals a whole lot of trouble, so the next time you’re camping or shooting or otherwise enjoying the great outdoors in this great state of ours, use your fire sense before things get too hot to handle. Use Your Fire …

Gotta Go Utah

Know How to ‘Go’! With recreation increasing on Utah’s public lands every year, improper disposal of human waste can lead to: Water pollution Spread of disease Other people or wildlife finding your left-behind waste and toilet paper Decreased rate of waste decomposition Return to Initiatives

Community Fire Planning

The purpose of community fire planning is to: Empower communities to organize, plan and take action on issues impacting community safety Enhance levels of fire resistance and protection to the community Identify the risks of wildland/urban interface fires in the area Identify strategies to reduce the risks to homes and businesses in the community during a wildfire. Objectives of Community …

Utah’s Noxious Weed Control Program

Why is it necessary to control invasive species? Invasive noxious weeds have been described as a raging biological wildfire – out of control, spreading rapidly, and causing enormous economic losses. Millions of acres in North America have been invaded or are at risk of being invaded by weeds, including cropland, pastures, rangelands, forests, wilderness areas, national parks, recreation sites, wildlife …