About the Institute
The Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism at Utah State University does research,
outreach, and teaching focused on outdoor recreation and tourism management — inside
Utah and beyond its borders. Our work focuses on the social and economic trade-offs associated with providing outdoor recreation opportunities on public lands. Since our founding in 1998, we’ve been awarded several millions of dollars in grants, maintained an active outreach program, and trained some of the nation’s leading outdoor recreation and resource managers.
The Institute’s academic program offers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in
Recreation Resource Management. Our academic program also contributes to Environment and Society, a doctoral program offered within the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural
Resources at Utah State University.
The Institute’s globally-unique degree programs focus on outdoor recreation management.
We offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the USU College of Natural Resources.
Teamed with the Department of Environment and Society, the Institute offers a focused
At the Institute, we work to understand the social and economic impacts of recreation
and tourism. Our researchers measure the trade-offs and consequences of these activities
and share that knowledge with others. We provide data, information, and practical
advice to managers and the general public.
Recreation managers are asked to benefit users and preserve natural areas. At the
Institute, we assist in this task by combining rigorously collected data with credible
and scientific models. We are forging new ground by blending the natural and social