Utah State Parks Newsletter Summer 2009

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Get Ready FORE Golf pg. 2 | Summer Safety pg 3 | Three-Park Tour pg 4The Utah State ParksNExpl rerSpring 2009ROCKIN’ UTAH 2009 BEGINS Utah State Parks Play, discover and explore the great outdoors as part of the Utah State Parks Rockin’ Geocache (Reaching Out Connecting Kids in Nature) Utah initiative. Learn new activities, get ac-tive and enjoy Utah’s state parks.AdventurePre-registration is required and the cost is Join the high-tech $10 per family/group with up to eight people. treasure hunt!Each family receives a fun outdoor gift related to the event. To register, please call Hunt for treasure (801) 537-3123 or email [email protected] as part of the Utah Take your pick at the apple harvestState Parks Geocache Adventure. Explore Select from this list of statewide Rockin’ Utah activities:Utah’s state parks on a high-tech treasure PaddlefestJoin us for camping and Learn ancient pottery mak-Saturday, May 16cooking in the outdoors - ing techniques and create hunt using a global Utah Lake State Park, Provomade easy and fun. your own art.positioning satellite Learn all things boating…(GPS). Enter coordi-sailing, canoeing, kayaking, Prehistory HuntHiking of the Islandnates into a GPS unit knot tying, safety and more.Saturday, June 27 Saturday, August 1and find the hidden Utah Field House of Natural Antelope Island State Park, cache. We Heart HikingHistory State Park and Mu-SyracuseSaturday, May 16seum, VernalJoin us for an exciting hik-Bring your own GPS Wasatch Mountain State Hunting for fossils…Jurassic ing adventure on Antelope or use a free Magellan Park, MidwayPark style.Island…you’ll be amazed.GPS unit at the park. It’s spring and all the new Inside each cache, critters are out. Join us for History Day CampBirding on the Bayyou’ll find a logbook the secrets of the pond hike. Saturday, July 11Saturday, September 12Camp Floyd State Park and Willard Bay State Park, Willardand a selection of free Fish and FlyMuseum, FairfieldTake a nature walk while small gifts. Sign the Saturday, June 6Travel back in time to 1858 watching for numerous birds book and claim your Yuba State Park, Levan– 1861 and enter the world that call Willard Bay home.prize!Learn to fish in the morning of a soldier with Johnston’s and then fly kites with Cloud Army at Camp Floyd in the Fall Apple HarvestFor a list of participat-9 on the sandy beach in the Utah Territory.Saturday, September 19ing parks and GPS afternoon.Wasatch Mountain State coordinates, visit Pottery in the ParkPark, Midwaystateparks.utah.gov.Happy CampersSaturday, July 11Join us for an old-fashioned Saturday, June 27Escalante Petrified Forest apple harvest and learn Palisade State Park, Sterling State Park, Escalantewhat you can do with apples.Utah State ParksPage 2Get Your Utah State Parks Annual PassPurchase a Utah State Parks Annual Pass and explore the lava tubes at Snow Canyon, catch large trout at Scofield, view wildlife at the Rock Cliff Nature Center at Jordanelle or visit any of Utah’s 43 state parks and museums.Passes for the 2009 season Palisade State Parkare available for $75. FORE! Get Ready for Utah residents 62 years and older may purchase a Senior Adventure Pass for Utah State Parks Golf $35, which offers the same benefits as the Annual Pass. Use code USPNWS and receive $5 off! In three of Utah’s state parks, an afternoon hike might mean a stroll along fairways and greens sporting your golf bag instead of a back-Passes cover day-use fees pack. Utah State Parks offers six challenging golf courses at three for the cardholder and up very different parks in various regions of the state. From the mean-to seven guests in the same dering water hazards at Green River and breathtaking canyon shots vehicle.Annual passes now at Palisade, to tree lined fairways of Wasatch Mountain, Utah State also provide a $2 per night Parks offers consistent, great play at an affordable price. Combine golf discount on camping except with extraordinary scenery and camping for a great weekend getaway.on holidays and holiday weekends. Passes are Online golf reservations may be made from approximately May 1 honored at all state parks through September 30. Tee times may be booked up to eight days in except This Is The Place advance, starting at 9 p.m. Online reservations are offered through Heritage Park, and do not Active Golf Solutions; there is no cost for us-cover the Davis County ing this service, but you must register before Causeway fee at Antelope making a tee time. Island State Park. Tee times may also be made by telephone or Passes may be purchased in-person at the pro shops, up to seven days at any state park, in advance starting at approximately 6 a.m.region office, online at stateparks.utah.gov and Wasatch Pro Shop: (435) 654-0532 or (801) the Department of Natural 266-0268Resources located at 1594 Soldier Hollow Pro Shop: (435) 654-7442 or West North Temple in (801) 261-4733Salt Lake City. For more Palisade Pro Shop: (435) 835-4653information, please call Green River Pro Shop: (435) 564-8882(801) 538-7220 or toll-free (877)UT-PARKS.Page 3Summer Recreation Raccoon Scat: Safety TipsA Tasty Outdoor Your safety is our number one concern. Utah State Park Rangers offer these safety tips: Snack!Off-Highway Vehicle Safety Tips- Always wear a safety-rated and properly fitted helmet, goggles, clothes that cover arms and legs, and over-the-ankle boots.Jordanelle State Park Naturalist - Check mechanical controls and safety devices on your ma-Kathy Donnell shares this chine before you ride to ensure proper operation.delicious and fun recipe from the National Association for - Do not take alcohol or drugs along for the ride.Interpretation:- Ride your OHV only in areas designated for their use. The 3 Tbs butterbest way to protect your riding privilege is to stay on the 1 12 oz bag marshmallowstrail and respect closed areas and private property.1 12 oz bag chocolate morsels10 oz bag candy corn (represents - Do not carry passengers on single-person machines. How- corn that a raccoon would eat)ever, never ride alone and always let someone know your 10 oz of jelly beans or raisins (berries)itinerary.2 cups crispy rice cereal (insects and crayfish parts)Boating Safety Tips:- Always wear a life jacket, Wear it Utah!1. Melt butter over low heat in a large saucepan- Take a safe boating course from Utah State Parks2. Add marshmallows and allow to melt, stirring - Follow navigation rules often. Once marshmallows are mostly melted, add - File a float plan chocolate morsels and stir until everything is melted.- Play safe and play sober; do not boat under the influence of 3. Add candy corn, jelly alcohol beans or raisins, and cereal to mixture, stir (Amounts are approximate For more information, please call (801) 538-RIDE or (801) and may need to be 538-BOAT or visit stateparks.utah.gov. adjusted until you get the right consistency.)4. Use a spoon to scoop out cookies onto waxed paper or cookie sheet5. Form to look like raccoon scat6. Allow to coolMakes approximately 30 yummy cookies!Page 4Three Utah State Parks in Three Days: Green River, Goblin Valley and Dead Horse PointExplore southeastern Utah and visit Green River, Goblin Val-ley and Dead Horse Point state parks. Though only three to four hours south of Salt Lake City, these beautiful areas are a world away. Day One: Green River State Park, located in Green River, Utah, makes an excellent hub for a weekend getaway. Covered by a canopy of cottonwood trees, the full hookup campground ac-commodates both RV and tent campers. A nine-hole golf course offers challenges to golfers of all abilities, and if golf isn’t your thing, take a swim in the Green River that is within walking distance from camp. Green River State Park Golf CourseGreen River State Park boat ramp is the put-in site for Labyrinth and Still-water canyons. This 100-mile stretch of water winds calmly through desert canyons. For beginning rafters or those with limited time, the Green River Daily offers the perfect day-trip. This nine-mile stretch through the lower portion of Gray Canyon can be done in half a day. Local river outfitters offer guided trips on the Green River.Day Two: After cooling off at Green River State Park, travel 45 minutes southwest to Goblin Valley State Park. Unique sandstone formations are abundant and thrilling for people of all ages. Several movies, including Galaxy Quest, were filmed at Goblin Valley because of its strange and un-earthly scenery. Spend the day hiking in the many hoodoos and spires, but take plenty of water and sunscreen as temperatures can exceed 100 degrees Hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Parkduring summer months. Day Three:Venture on a quick one-hour drive from Green River to Dead Horse Point State Park located west of Moab. Enjoy spectacular views of the desert land-scape that stretch as far as the eye can see. The labyrinths of Canyonlands National Park, carved by the Colorado River, appear a maze of seemingly un-inhabitable land. The park has been the backdrop for several movies includ-ing Mission Impossible II and Thelma and Louise. Known as a little Grand Canyon, this is a must-see for any visitor to southeastern Utah. A visitor center reveals how this area was created over time. Learn about the wonders of ice, wind and water and how they attribute to forming the many unique formations, making this area popular worldwide. A gift shop offers wonderful treasures to remind you of a wonderful place and time. Dead Horse Point State ParkWe want to hear from you!Utah State ParksNewsletter Contributors Nichole Mallory - Please send your comments, 1594 West North Temple Ste. 116Hollie Brown - writermarketingstories, questions and P.O. Box [email protected]@utah.gov contributions to [email protected] Lake City, UT 84114-6001Kathy Donnell - Stefanie Michaelson - utah.gov or contact us by mail (877) UT-PARKS, park naturalist designer or phone. For more information (801) [email protected]@about Utah State Parks, visit stateparks.utah.govDeena Loyola - editor [email protected]