Utah’s state parks experience both famine and feast during COVID-19

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The coronavirus pandemic has taken Utah’s state parks for a roller-coaster ride, an agency representative said Monday.

The situation looked grim early in the pandemic, Jeff Rasmussen, the state’s head of parks and recreation told Utah lawmakers. Amid public health restrictions, overall park attendance dropped by nearly 40%

in April compared to the same month in 2019. The hardest-hit park — Edge Of The Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding — saw its visitation nosedive by 98% year-over-year.

Initial estimates showed that the state parks system had lost about $2 million in revenue, Rasmussen said.

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