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The purpose of this report is to provide a high-level review of the trends that define outdoor recreation within Utah. We do this by distilling data from a variety of sources, focusing on ‘key metrics’ that can be tracked over time, serving as a finger on the pulse on the health of outdoor recreation within Utah. Data on outdoor recreation participation and its benefits and impacts varies considerably across the state depending upon the managing agency collecting the data. This report focuses on statewide data available for outdoor recreation opportunities provided on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, and Utah State Parks. We highlight data unique to administrative units (e.g., national parks or forests) where applicable. The report focuses on four sets of key metrics: 1) Participation; 2) Economics; 3) Infrastructure; and 4) Gateway and Natural Amenity Region (GNAR) communities.

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