If you’ve ever planned a vacation in Utah, chances are you’ve encountered Recreation.gov. This important website is a one-stop shop for campers, hikers, rafters, anglers, climbers and more, each looking for the best outdoor recreation on America’s federally managed lands, from the national parks to the national forests and everything in between. In total, Recreation.gov offers advance reservations at more than 90,000 campsites, 3,400 facilities and dozens of attractions and events.
It’s a lot of data. And now there’s even more.
The Utah Office of Tourism has been collaborating with federal partners in the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management to make Utah State Parks site data available alongside federal sites. This means a search for Zion National Park, for example, will show nearby federal and state sites, including Sand Hollow, Quail Creek and Snow Canyon state parks, allowing for a more comprehensive traveling planning opportunity. While visitors cannot book campsites at Recreation.gov, the new listings link directly to state park’s ReserveAmerica.com booking engine.
On completion of the project, Recreation.gov will house updated listings for all 43 state parks including inspirational and informational copy from VisitUtah.com, GPS coordinates, and fees, hours and directions from Utah State Parks. See the site at Recreation.gov