As a result of changing social values regarding the development and use of our natural resources, more and more emphasis is being placed on the vale of amenity resources, concerning scenery and aesthetics, opportunities for a diversity of recreation experiences, providing habitat for wildlife, and preserving biological diversity (Burr & Blahna, 2000; Siehl, 1990). Many people enjoy a variety of trail-based activities as a source of their recreation. With all their attributes and varieties of usage, trails and pathways are high priorities for many people, including the citizens of Utah. Trails provide access to Utah's outstanding public lands, opportunities for physical fitness and better health, economic benefit for local communities, and contribute to overall quality of life. In fact, Utahns are demanding more and better trails and pathways, as their use is a significant part of recreational activity, tourism, and lifestyle in Utah.
Burr, Steven W.; Blahna, Dale J.; Reiter, Douglas K.; and Butkus, Michael, "The Utah Trails Initiative: Partnerships, Research, and Action" (2003). All U.S. Government Documents (Utah Regional Depository). Paper 471.