Office of Outdoor Recreation

We help Utahns live healthy and active lifestyles through outdoor recreation.
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Outdoor recreation contributes more than $6.4B to the economy, employs more than 83,000 people, and is the primary driver behind the tourism industry. Not only does Utah outdoor recreation create $737 million in state and local tax revenues, but it's also the reason for $3.2B in wages and salaries.

In 2013, recognizing the significant contribution of outdoor products and recreation to Utah's economy and quality of life, Gov. Gary Herbert created the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation — the first such office in the nation.

The office is working to establish a nationwide recreation management standard. It's also responsible for ensuring that the state's natural assets can sustain economic growth for years to come.

The private sector is a crucial partner in Utah's success, and our state is committed to responsibly partnering with the business community.

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Natural Assets

Utah's natural wonders have attracted outdoor enthusiasts from around the world. These assets include 34 million acres of public land, five National Parks, 44 State Parks, 15 ski resorts, thousands of miles of world-class mountain bike trails, and more.


Business Assets

In addition to the natural resources that make Utah a great fit for outdoor recreation, Utah provides fertile soil for outdoor recreation companies. Our office can refer businesses to market expansion services, international export advice, rural manufacturing incentives, business retention and relocation incentives, innovation grants, product testing, patent support, and more.

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Pitt Grewe

Pitt Grewe



Tara McKee

Tara McKee

Program Manager


India Nielsen Barfuss

India Nielsen Barfuss

Program Manager


Patrick Morrison

Patrick Morrison

Program Specialist


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Caroline Weiler

Grant Programs Intern


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