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Utah Junior Rangers

(Last Updated On: March 11, 2022)

Did you know that Utah has 46 state parks? We’ve been doing research on state parks, National Parks, and Other National Sites in Utah to find Junior Ranger programs for our kids. Here are a few of the facts we’ve discovered with internal links for our site on parks we’ve visited and reviewed. There are lot of places for your kids (and you) to become Utah Junior Rangers.

Total Utah State Parks: 46

Total State Parks that include Junior Ranger Program: 34
Image from the NPS.
Image from the NPS.

*Note: some parks focus on more than one area so the numbers don’t add up.

Parks focused on Water Activities (fishing, boating, etc.): 25

Bear Lake State Park

Parks focused on Sightseeing: 8

Goosenecks State park

Parks focused on History: 12

Anasazi State Park

Parks that include Golf: 4

Parks that include Dinosaurs: 3

Red Fleet State Park
Parks with focuses other than history, water, or sightseeing:
Coral Pink Sand Dunes
  • Flight Park is specifically for Hang Gliders
  • Jordan River is specifically a track for off-highway vehicles
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes focuses on Sand Activities

Parks with Tent Sites: 35

State Parks with Cabins or Yurts: 20

Parks with RV Hook-ups: 30

We love the Junior Ranger program!

Utah National Parks & Sites

Along with the state parks, Utah has five well known National Parks, all of which have a Junior Ranger Program:

Utah National Monuments/Recreation Areas:

Focus on Water Activities: 3

Focus on Sightseeing/Outdoors: 4

Focus on History: 3

Junior Ranger Programs: 8

Flaming Gorge doesn’t do a Junior Ranger program, and Glen Canyon & Grand Staircase share the same program.

Here are just a few of the badges from Utah State Parks.
Here are just a few of the badges from Utah State Parks.
Since I think the patches are much cooler, we usually buy one to go with the state park badges.
Since I think the patches are much cooler, we usually buy one to go with the state park badges.
The federal sites sometimes offer patches, sometimes badges. At Timp Cave, you even get a choice.
We love the variety of patches.

The federal sites sometimes offer patches, and sometimes badges. At Timp Cave, you even get a choice. You can also see some of the alternative badges available at some parks like the Yellowstone Young Scientist, Great Basin Night Explorer, and Craters of the Moon Lunar Ranger.

With all of these amazing places to visit, your family can gather nearly 50 Junior Ranger badges without leaving Utah! We love the Junior Ranger program and how it helps us to learn more about Utah, as well as reminds us how best to protect this beautiful world that we liven. So let’s get out and become Utah Junior Rangers.

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    • We had no idea. We have been to the refuge many times, but no one has mentioned a junior ranger program. We will ask next time. Thank you!

  • This is the first time I read about this program! I saw a post on Instagram and was wondering who issued the star shaped badges and looked on Google to find this post. What a great resource for reading practice and science learning over the summer!

  • Flaming gorge does have a junior ranger program. It was at the Red Point (not sure if that’s the name) visitor center. You get a patch not a badge.

  • Are the State Park Ranger Badges all the same? Here in Colorado, it’s one badge at every state park that we have been to so far?

    • They are all very similar. Each one has the name of the unique state park on it. The booklets for the Junior Ranger Program can be similar for certain parks. For example, Yuba SP, East Canyon SP, and Palisade SP are all water recreation parks, so they all focus on water safety and life jackets, etc. but the programs are slightly different. The badges are slightly different. I’ll add some badge photos on the post above shortly.