Outdoor Day on the Hill showcases a state of opportunity

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Outdoor enthusiasts of all walks of life attended the state’s first Outdoor Recreation Day on the Hill on Feb. 1.

In a state known for its variety of incredible outdoor experiences, Utah legislators and outdoor industry leaders united to show support for a multi-billion-dollar Utah industry. Among those in attendance were Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, Tom Adams, the director for the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation, Sen. Lincoln Fillmore and others.

Phil Case, a board member of the Utah Outdoor Association said their main goal is to promote the growth of the Utah outdoor industry and to help them not only succeed but thrive.

“Our focus is workforce development, as well as shared learning and best practices and helping the community as a whole,” Case said. “We don’t think there’s a better place for accessibility and diversity in the outdoors than there is in Utah.”

From waterskiing to hiking, Case said Utah has countless incredible outdoor experiences all within a short drive from many major metropolitan areas. This accessibility helps to promote a healthy, active lifestyle.

“We want people to get out and see it (Utah), but we also want people to go out and experience it,” Case said. “There’s a few things like running, and mountain biking that people go out and do, but how do we get them kayaking, how do we get them back-country skiing and getting out of their comfort zone?”

Utah’s not only known for its incredible slopes and trails, its known for the 15 national parks residing in our beautiful state. Cory MacNulty, southwest associate director for the National Parks Conservation Association, said it’s critically important for people to remember the parks aren’t just for one generation. It’s up to the people to keep those parks beautiful for those who follow.

“It’s really up to all of us to be stewards of these places,” MacNulty said. “So, as you come and visit to experience the awe and wonder, leave these places better than you found them. Take the time to experience the dark night skies, seek out quiet, as well as those places off the beaten path and away from the crowds. Take the time to explore, but care for the places while you’re here.”