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Utah State University

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Understanding the characteristics and preferences of outdoor recreationists in Utah can inform the administrative, funding, and management decisions of the many entities who provide outdoor recreation opportunities within the state. There is currently a lack of data on characteristics, preferences, and opinions of the state’s outdoor recreating public. As one component of the analysis supporting the development of the state’s outdoor recreation strategic plan, we launched a short online survey to begin to address this need. The survey was administered in spring of 2023 to an online panel of individuals who indicated that they are current residents of Utah and had participated in outdoor recreation within Utah during the previous 12-months. The data from the survey provide a cursory look into the demographic characteristics of outdoor recreationists in Utah and their perceptions of different threats to the future of outdoor recreation, the importance and adequacy of different types of outdoor recreation infrastructure, and the importance of different funding priorities.