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Utah is home to five parks, seven national monuments and a national historic site. They’re part of the national park system’s centennial celebration this week even as a debate continues about federal management of public lands.

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Archeologists say as tourism increases in Utah, graffiti becomes a growing problem in the state’s national parks and public lands.

Tourism Spending At Record High

May 27, 2016
Brian Grimmett

A new report from the University of Utah shows that tourists spent 8 billion dollars in the state last year. 

Arches Turns 87 and Feels Some Growing Pains

Apr 13, 2016
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Arches National Park celebrated its birthday this week. This year is shaping up to be a memorable and exhaustive one for the park.

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National parks in Utah are reporting less trash in their bins thanks to bans on selling bottled drinks within the parks.

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Outdoor industry leaders unveiled plans Thursday for celebrating the upcoming centennial of the national parks.

The Outdoor Retailer winter trade show is back in Salt Lake City this week, bringing together around 25,000 representatives from companies that make clothing and equipment for outdoor recreation, along with advocacy groups that promote public lands protection.

Utah Named #1 Go To Destination For 2016

Dec 8, 2015
Brian Grimmett

Fodor’s Travel has named Utah their number one go to destination for 2016

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Recreation fees provide money for campfire talks and other visitor programs that take place on public lands. Utah Congressman Rob Bishop wants to update those user fees, and he’s got backing from some unlikely supporters.

National Park Visits Down in 2013

Jul 25, 2014
Brian Grimmett

A new report from the National Park Service shows that fewer people visited Utah’s National Parks in 2013 compared to 2012.

Utah Symphony to Tour the Mighty 5

Apr 15, 2014
Andrea Smardon

The Utah Symphony and Opera will be taking their show on the road this summer, pairing live classical music with Utah’s natural landscape. In a new partnership with the Office of Tourism, the Symphony announced Tuesday it will be offering free open-air concerts at Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks this August.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he expects the federal government will reimburse the state for the money spent to keep its five National Parks open in the final days of the shutdown.

Outdoor businesses and conservation groups are calling on the federal government to protect the land in and around Utah’s parks. 29 organizations sent a letter Monday to President Barack Obama calling for lasting protections for state and national parks from overdevelopment. 

Utah Launches New Tourism Campaign

Mar 27, 2013
Brian Grimmett

The Utah Office of Tourism launched a brand new regional ad campaign today to help promote the state’s five national parks.

The $3.1 million dollar campaign will include TV commercials in major western markets like Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco as well outdoor and digital advertisements. Governor Gary Herbert was on hand for the launch. He says tourism has and will continue to help Utah’s economy.