In response to increasing visitors, Gunlock State Park (Utah) has expanded its campground and recreational facilities.
According to a report, park officials gathered on Wednesday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new campground, which now has 30 spaces available for camping, as well as the addition of restrooms, running water, and electricity.
“This may sound crazy, but I want you to check out that restroom because we’re pretty proud to have flush toilets and tiled walls and a place where people can have a good time,” said Jeff Rassmussen, Utah State Parks director.
The campsites are already well-loved. Gunlock has been fully booked over the past two weekends. Jon Allred, the park manager, said he anticipates the same throughout the summer. There are still spots available during the week, a move Allred suggested locals could make if they want to try out the new amenities.
Another 14 major state park initiatives are currently in the works, and many of them focus on increasing capacities with bigger campgrounds and more amenities.
“Unfortunately, on a regular basis, we’re turning people away almost every day in a lot of state parks,” Rassmussen said, saying some parks start turning away visitors as early as 7:30 a.m. on busy days.
“What projects like these are going to do, the investment that was made over the last couple of years is going to increase our campground campsite capacity by 20% and our day parking capacity by 10%,” Rassmussen added.
Allred stated that he hopes to transform Gunlock State Park, a popular spot for fishing, boating as well as hiking, and other activities, with its red-rock backdrop and crystal clear water, an area where more people can go without feeling like they are on top of each other. Previously, Gunlock State Park only had five camping spots.
To learn more about Gunlock State Park fees and services, visit stateparks.utah.gov/parks/gunlock.
This story originally appeared on The Spectrum.