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Monday, June 16, 2014

Parks Update: New GSL Visitor Center, Red Fleet Paddle Festival, White Rim Closed


Great Salt Lake State Park has a new visitor center, gift shop and campground. The Deseret News has a good article on the addition. Below are excerpts.

The parks division celebrated the grand opening Friday of a new visitors center at the Great Salt Lake State Park, a building that boasts a scenic deck with tables for viewing the ebbing waves and interpretive displays detailing the history of the Great Salt Lake.

In addition to the gift shop that offers eclectic but appropriate souvenirs such as Utah Dead Sea Salts and snowflake ornaments crafted out of Great Salt Lake salt, the state park also added multiple overnight camping spots with full hook-ups available for $20 a night. There are kayak tours available, and a private concessionaire has plans to start a catered sunset cruise.

Read the full article.


Red Fleet State Park is sponsoring a “paddle festival:” Friday, June 20, 2014 – 12:00 pm to Saturday, June 21, 2014 – 6:00 pm. The park provided this overview:

2nd Annual Red Fleet Paddle Festival starting June 20th and ending on the evening of June 21, 2014 Bring your own paddle craft or try one of the many different types provided by vendors. MOTOR BOATS ARE PROHIBITED ON THE THE RESERVOIR DURING THIS EVENT. Camping will be allowed but is walk in only. NO CAMPING RESERVATIONS. Please contact the park for additional information.


A section of the famous White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Island In The Sky District, will be closed closed July 7-11 to allow replacement of a large culvert under the road. The trail is a popular jeep and mountain bike route. The Deseret News has an article on the closure. Below is an excerpt.

The closure area is from the junction of the Shafer Trail Road and the Potash Road to Musselman Arch along the White Rim Road. The section of road will be closed to all vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians during the construction period.

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