New tenting and leisure advanced coming to southern Utah

HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4) – A popular camping and entertainment complex is coming to Utah.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts have signed their first Utah franchise agreement with Scott Nielson, founder of Nielson RV, to bring the family camping and entertainment brand to Hurricane.

Nielson recently sold the dealership’s three locations to Camping World and is now focused on Jellystone Park. There are currently more than 75 Jellystone Park locations in the US and Canada with pools, waterslides, splash areas, jumping cushions, cart rides, foam parties, and interactions with costumed Yogi Bear characters.

Campers can choose from a variety of camping and glamping accommodations.

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First announced as Glampers Inn RV Resort, the 52-acre project will be known as Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Hurricane Sand Hallow. A publication sent to ABC4 will include the full range of attractions and activities at Jellystone Park.

Families can also enjoy the nearby Hanalei Bay Water Park, as well as boat, ATV, and dune buggy rentals.

Construction work is expected to begin this spring. The first luxury cabins and RV sites are expected to be available in the fall.

“Partnering with Jellystone Park was an easy decision as no other brand is focused on the fast growing family camping and glamping market,” says Nielson. “Jellystone Park offers new franchisees all of the marketing, activity, branded, and merchandise products they need to get up and running quickly, and everyone loves Yogi Bear, especially kids.”

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The new Jellystone Park is located off I-15, two hours north of Las Vegas and four hours south of Salt Lake City, next to Sand Hollow State Park and the reservoir. The nearby Zion National Park is only 30 minutes away. Other state parks, golf courses, and hiking and biking trails are also nearby.

“We’re thrilled that Scott and his team are developing this new park,” said Jim Westover, vice president of product development and sales for Leisure Systems, Inc., the Jellystone Park franchise company. “Scott has a great track record of building extremely successful companies that are very customer-centric.”

According to Westover, recent research at Jellystone Park found that families in the western United States camped or glamped more often than in other regions.

“Families in the west are in great demand for new and better camping options, and we are fortunate that investors who wish to take advantage of this opportunity still have areas to use.”

The Hurricane location will be the fourth new Jellystone Park to open in 2021. There are two locations in Colorado and another in California, but the vast majority of US locations are in the eastern half of the country.