Governor Cox Previews Digital ParksPass

Published: January 11, 2021 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 2 minutes

Utah Governor Cox previews ParksPassGov. Spencer J. Cox was the first person to ditch paper envelopes and cash at Snow Canyon State Park and use ParksPass, a new automated payment system in the works that will streamline payment at Utah’s state parks.

A collaboration among the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation, industry experts and Southern Utah University and Dixie State University students, the mobile app allows visitors to purchase day-use passes electronically even before entering the park.

“State Parks took an innovative approach and looked to Southern Utah universities and colleges to create a mobile solution to buying passes, technology for quicker park access and real-time capacity data for both the visitor and park management,” Jason Pitts, SUU research fellow for outdoor pathways, said. “Now, for the first time ever, you can ‘know before you go.’”

An early preview can be seen at The full mobile experience will be operational at Snow Canyon State Park, Sand Hollow State Park, Quail Creek State Park, and Gunlock State Park over the coming months. ParksPass signs and automated scanning technology will be installed at the parks, which will speed up entry into the park. The app also provides visitors with trail maps and identifies amenities offered at the parks.

The technology developed by SUU and DSU was implemented at Utah’s Mighty Five National Parks and Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Now, this same real-time technology will be available to Utah’s State Parks visitors.

“Not only does this technology make it easier for Utahns to explore and enjoy our state parks, but it also highlights the incredible talent we have in Southern Utah’s universities,” Eric Pedersen, dean of Dixie State’s College of Science, Engineering & Technology, said. “Students are gaining hands-on experience by helping with this project that prepares them to enter the workforce career-ready as soon as they graduate. This project truly is win-win.”

In addition to SUU and DSU students and employees, Utah State Representative Walt Brooks, Scott Strong with Utah State Parks, and Pitts were instrumental in developing this technology that will benefit all state park visitors.

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