State Parks See Huge Jump in Visitation
By Kristin Forbis, Feb 22, 2021
Steinaker, Red Fleet, and Starvation are among the hot spots that saw a major jump in visitation last year as people went searching for safe socially distant breaks from being stuck at home. According to the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, state parks throughout the state of Utah saw an overall increase in visitation from the year before of over 2.6 million visitors. “Our state parks saw elevated visitation numbers throughout the traditional summer season,” shared Jeff Rasmussen, Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Director. “Not only that, but record-breaking visitation continued into the fall and winter, and has not tapered off like it normally does.” While there was a decrease in visitation early on in the spring of 2020 due to restrictions at the start of the pandemic, Utahns and non-resident visitors alike soon flocked to state parks once resident-only restrictions were lifted. Since then, increased visitation has been common month after month.