Utah state parks reopen


All 44 of Utah’s state parks are now open, but health orders in certain counties might restrict people who aren’t county residents.

The announcement was made late Thursday night by the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force via Twitter.

State parks that are limited to county residents are Dead Horse Point, Echo, Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail and Rockport.

Although the state parks are now open, people are still expected to practice responsible recreation by following social distancing guidelines while at the parks and to stay home if they are feeling sick.

According to the Utah State Parks website, people should give others at least six feet of separation while on trails and avoid congregating at trailheads and other common areas, as well as avoiding crowds of any kind.

“Social distancing from others is a key part of fighting the COVID-19 virus,” the website reads. “Give one another room on trails, golf courses, fishing docks, overlooks and other areas.”

While all parks are open, six of the parks visitor centers are closed — Antelope Island, Dead Horse Point, Goblin Valley, Great Salt Lake, Utah Lake and Wasatch Mountain.

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