WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The waterfalls at Gunlock State Park have stopped flowing after an operational modification of the Gunlock reservoir requested by the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation.
Although the waterfalls are not flowing, Gunlock State Park remains open, allowing a limited number of visitors in to allow for visitors to properly social distance.
A recent influx of people at Gunlock has made it difficult for individuals and families to safely follow state health guidelines. The first weekend after Utah's risk level was lowered to moderate, Gunlock quickly reached capacity, with many visitors coming from out of state — where stay-at-home order are still in effect.
Utah State Parks will also increase traffic measures and enforcement to help with congestion in the park. USP has made suggestions on how to responsibly recreate:
• Check park conditions online and individual state park social media accounts. Extensive wait times, capacity, and other updates will be posted there.
• Choose to visit a state park during a weekday, or during non-peak hours whenever possible. Visit parks that are close to home.
• Practice safe social distancing. Give others at least six-feet of separation on trails, golf courses, fishing docks, overlooks, and other gathering areas.
• Avoid congregating at trailheads and other common areas and maintain small group sizes.
• Stay home if you’re sick or have symptoms of the coronavirus.
• Keep parks and recreation areas clean by packing out what you pack in, and respect facility closures like visitor centers, campgrounds, and restrooms. • Visitors can also prepay for day use at select state parks at stateparks.utah.gov.
Utah State Parks also wants to remind visitors to clean up after your visit. Park staff has seen a dramatic increase in trash since the park reopened.