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In recently published research, IORT scientists examine the effect of this management intervention on visitor behavior at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Some visitors were voluntarily tracked with GPS throughout their visit to the Park. If they w
The Wild Highway: Unintended consequences of traffic management in National Parks

The Wild Highway: Unintended consequences of traffic management in National Parks

In recently published research, IORT scientists examine the effect of this management intervention on visitor behavior at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Some visitors were voluntarily tracked with GPS throughout their visit to the Park. If they w...

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New research takes a retrospective look at the influence of the monument designation on outdoor recreation and its related industries in San Juan County, Utah. Using geotagged photos from social media sites, and county-level economic indicators, analysis
Evaluating Bears Ears

Evaluating Bears Ears

New research takes a retrospective look at the influence of the monument designation on outdoor recreation and its related industries in San Juan County, Utah. Using geotagged photos from social media sites, and county-level economic indicators, analysis ...

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When park visitation increased during the pandemic, did human traffic at these concentrated spots?
What Does Social Distancing Look Like In A Busy National Park?

What Does Social Distancing Look Like In A Busy National Park?

When park visitation increased during the pandemic, did human traffic at these concentrated spots?

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A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a new tram and private drug rehab lodge says he wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible to the public, with a “reasonable” fee.
Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a new tram and private drug rehab lodge says he wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible to the public, with a “reasonable” fee.

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It’s no secret that many choose Grand Marais, the North Shore and the surrounding outdoor playground as their vacation destination each year.
'Zoom Town' Trend Finding a Home in Grand Marais

'Zoom Town' Trend Finding a Home in Grand Marais

It’s no secret that many choose Grand Marais, the North Shore and the surrounding outdoor playground as their vacation destination each year.

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The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a new phenomenon: a migration to “gateway communities,” or small towns near major public lands and ski resorts as people’s jobs increasingly become remote-friendly. This is straining the towns’ resources and putting
'Zoom Towns' are Exploding in the West

'Zoom Towns' are Exploding in the West

The coronavirus pandemic is leading to a new phenomenon: a migration to “gateway communities,” or small towns near major public lands and ski resorts as people’s jobs increasingly become remote-friendly. This is straining the towns’ resources and putting ...

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Across the country, cities and towns are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been particularly stressful for gateway communities-- towns or cities that border publicly owned lands such as national parks.
Gateway Community Assistance at Utah State

Gateway Community Assistance at Utah State

Across the country, cities and towns are struggling to survive during the COVID-19 outbreak. It has been particularly stressful for gateway communities-- towns or cities that border publicly owned lands such as national parks.

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Thanks to funding from the National Park Service, the team at USU’s Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism will be working on a series of projects to improve national parks in the intermountain west.
USU Institute Of Outdoor Recreation And Tourism Helping To Improve Park Services Under NPS Contract

USU Institute Of Outdoor Recreation And Tourism Helping To Improve Park Services Under NPS Contract

Thanks to funding from the National Park Service, the team at USU’s Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism will be working on a series of projects to improve national parks in the intermountain west.