About The Summit

The 2019 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit is a three-day event held at the Dixie Center in beautiful St. George. You’re invited to come and be a part of an important outdoor recreation discussion. You will join local stakeholders, industry professionals and land managers that play a role in Utah’s outdoor recreation community – in the fastest growing county in the U.S.

Network during one of our attendee activities such as a road or mountain bike ride, OHV ride, or a kayaking or paddleboarding at a local reservoir. Get inspired and stay informed about current outdoor recreation issues in one of our five educational tracks. Give back to local recreation areas and meet new people in the industry during a service project. We hope to see you there!

2019 Presenting Sponsor

Location

This year, the summit will be held October 22nd through the 24th 2019 at the Dixie Center in beautiful St. George.

Dixie Center
1835 S Convention Center Dr, St. George, UT 84790

Lodging

Desert Garden Inn

Welcome to the Desert Garden Inn, your St, George Escape! This inviting hotel is part of the Trademark Hotel Collection. It has a on-site restaurant and is near city center. A beautifully manicured courtyard sets the scene for your Utah getaway, featuring a heated pool, and a secluded hot tub. Located off I-15 just outside of St. George city center, this convenient, non-smoking hotel gives you easy access to Dixie State University, St. George Regional Airport (SGU), and local attractions like museums, golf courses, Pioneer Park, and three national parks.

Fairfield Mariott

Travel with confidence by checking into the Fairfield Inn by Marriott St George, a St George hotel with outstanding service to make all of your travels easy and comfortable- at an exceptional value. With a great location near Zions National Park and the Grand Canyon, we are always ready to welcome you with amenities like thoughtfully designed guest rooms that allow you to work and relax, free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel to stay connected during your stay, and fitness facilities that include a pool and exercise room. You’ll find it easy to settle into our vibrant lobby, with spaces to gather, relax, and work. Jump-start your day with our free breakfast, now with more hot choices like scrambled eggs, sausage and oatmeal, plus favorites including fresh fruit and yogurt. At the Fairfield Inn St George, you’re our #1 priority. A pet friendly hotel. We promise you’ll be satisfied or we’ll make it right. That’s our commitment to you. Ask us about the Fairfield 100% Guarantee.

Hyatt Place St. George

At Hyatt Place St. George / Convention Center you’ll be adjacent to The Dixie Center, and a quick drive from the St. George Utah Temple Visitors’ Center and St. George Regional Airport. Further afield, explore the canyons and red cliffs of Zion National Park. 24/7 Dining, wake up to breakfast served fresh every day. Start your morning with cage-free eggs, steel-cut oatmeal, whole fruit, all-natural bacon and sausage, and more. Get your caffeine fix in the a.m., or sip a cocktail at the bar in the p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn

Surrounded by the natural beauty of southern Utah, the Hilton Garden Inn St. George hotel offers a great location, whether it’s business or the lure of outdoor adventure that brings you here.

You’ll have easy access to destinations that bring visitors from around the world, such as Bryce Canyon, Zion, Kolob Canyons, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. Experience world-class mountain biking and skiing, and acres of hiking paths, as well as majestic, panoramic views.
Enjoy our wonderful St. George, UT lodging, designed with thoughtful amenities to make you feel at home. Wind down after a busy day of working or sightseeing in the heated outdoor swimming pool and complimentary fitness center.

Host your next meeting or convention in 4,000 sq. ft. of conference and banquet space with catering services available. Our convenient hotel is adjacent to the Dixie Convention Center, offering an additional 46,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.

Holiday Inn St. George

Welcome to the new Holiday Inn St George Convention Center hotel located just off I-15 in St. George, Utah, directly behind the Dixie Convention Center. Whether you’re traveling on business or leisure, the new St. George Holiday Inn hotel is the premier destination for your next trip to southern Utah.

This beautiful new hotel in sunny St George offers spacious guestrooms, luxurious bedding, and includes oversized suites with a separate living area. Take advantage of free fiber optic high-speed Internet access throughout the hotel, a state of the art fitness center, outdoor pool and hot tub and the onsite restaurant, Burger Theory, which offers breakfast, dinner and room service.

Enjoy the nearby attractions southern Utah boasts while staying at our new St. George Holiday Inn hotel. Within a short drive you can experience the breathtaking views of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park or Snow Canyon State Park. Take in the magnificent surroundings with a relaxing drive, or add rock climbing, ATV’s, mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, or canyoneering to your adventure. Experience the splendor of the arts with a show at Tuacahn Amphitheatre or discover the heritage of southern Utah by exploring the historical downtown.

St. George is known as Utah’s golf capital, and with ten unique courses to choose from, you won’t be disappointed. Come join us to experience southern Utah in the comfort of our beautiful new Holiday Inn St. George.

Camping

Want to camp instead? Sign-up for a free spot in the Quail Group Campsite at Snow Canyon State Park through registration. The site includes showers/bathrooms, access to a covered pavilion with lights and electricity (for basic plug-in such as a coffee maker, cell phone charger, etc). The site also includes picnic tables, three grills, and a group fire ring. Space is limited, so sign-up now to reserve your spot!

Activities

Come early to enjoy some outdoor recreation activities, meet other summit-goers and experience Washington County’s bounty of amazing recreation amenities. Check out our outdoor recreation activities below, and find out more details in the activity section of registration. Most activities will cost $20–these funds go towards helping students come experience the conference for a free or reduced ticket price.

Agenda

Tuesday 10/22

12:00 – 5:00 PM:
Registration Open (Dixie Center)

1:00 – 5:00 PM:
Specialized Workshops (Dixie Center)

1:00 – 5:00 PM:
Recreation Activities (various locations)

  • Road Bike Ride ($20)
  • Mountain Bike Ride (beginner and intermediate options) ($20)
  • Mobile Active Transportation Tour (Free)
  • ATV Ride ($30)
  • Kayak/SUP ($20)
  • Hike with a Park Manager: Snow Canyon State Park (Free)
  • Granogi Adventure Yoga ($20)

5:00 – 6:00 PM:
Break

5:30 – 9:00 PM:
Registration open at Dinner Location

6:30 – 9:00 PM:
Summit Kick-Off Dinner

Wednesday 10/23

7:45 – 2:30 PM:
Booths open

7:45 – 12:00 PM:
Registration open (Dixie Center)

8:00 – 9:00 AM:
Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM:
Morning General Session

10:00 – 11:00 AM:
Breakout Session 1A

11:15 – 12:15 PM:
Breakout Session 1B

12:30 – 2:00 PM:
Lunch General Session + Keynote Speakers

2:3 0- 5:00 PM:
Service Project

5:00 – 6:30 PM:
Break

6:30 – 9:00 PM:
Summit Service Awards Dinner

Thursday 10/24

7:45 – 2:30 PM:
Booths open

7:45 – 12:00 PM:
Registration open (Dixie Center)

8:00 – 9:00 AM:
Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM:
Morning General Session

10:00 – 11:00 AM:
Breakout Session 2A

11:15 – 12:15 PM:
Breakout Session 2B

12:30 – 2:00 PM:
Lunch General Session + Keynote Speakers

2:00 – 2:30 PM:
Gear Opportunity Drawing + Closing

Thank You To Our 2018 Speakers

Tom Adams
Director, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation   
Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah
Spencer Cox
Lt. Governor of Utah
Amanda Covington
Senior Vice President, of Communications & Government Relations, VISTA Outdoor
Florence Williams
Author, The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
Rick May
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior, U.S. Department of the Interior
Maria Twitchell
Executive Director, Cedar City Tourism Bureau
Derek Miller
President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
Phil Sarnoff
Executive Director, Bike Utah
Senator Lincoln Fillmore
Utah State Senator
Erica Tucker
Education Director, Friends of Cedar Mesa
Ryan Starks
Executive Director, Heber Valley Tourism, Economic Development, and Chamber of Commerce
Nan Anderson
Rural Outreach, Governor’s Office of Economic Development
Laura Crawford
U.S. Bicycle Route System Coordinator, Adventure Cycling Association
Tom Howells
Associate Director for Industry Accounts, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
Patrick Davis
Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency
Marc Berejka
Director, Government & Community Affairs, REI
Jim Sibthorp
Professor, University of Utah
Heidi Goedhart
Active Transportation Planning Manager, Utah Department of Transportation
Aubrey Larsen
Community Development Specialist, Utah Community Development Office
Ben Kieffner
Co-Founder, Wild Tribute
Chris Mehl
Policy Director, Headwaters Economics
Dallen Atack
League Director, Utah High School Cycling League
Tom Stockham
CEO, ExpertVoice
Danya Rumore
Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program, University of Utah
Serena Anderson
Executive Director, Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
Tuesday Roby
Store Manager, REI
Megan Porteous
Digital Marketing Manager, Amer Sports (Salomon, Suutno, Atomic)
Sarah Lehman
Former President/CEO ENVE
Bob Ratcliffe
Division Chief, NPS, RTCA
LaJean Lawson
Principal/Owner, Creative Fitness
April Gordon
Public Involvement, Horrocks Engineers
Locke Ettinger, PT, PhD
Vice-Chair, Get Healthy Utah
Eric McCulley
Utah Office Director, RiverRestoration
Stephanee Eastman
Civil Engineer, Horrocks Engineers
Sandi Lampshire
Communications Manager, Horrocks Engineers
Phil Case
Managing Partner, Fluid Advertising
Veronica Villhard
Outdoor Product Design Student, Utah State University
Raelene Davis
VP Marketing & Operations, Ski Utah
Christine Richman, AICP
Director of Planning & Economic Development, GSBS Architects
Ladd Schiess, PA, ASLA, APA
Landscape Architect, GSBS Architects
Andrea Olsen
Assistant Professor - Outdoor Product Design and Development, Utah State University
Jesse Allen, AIA, ASLA
Principal, GSBS Architects
Andrew Deceuster
Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Allie Salter
Director of Product Development, Cotopaxi
Jodi Kaufman
Health & Physical Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Cavett W. Eaton
Instructor, The Salt Lake Center for Science Education
Melanie Webb
PR Manager and Editor of The Outsider, KÜHL
Arianne Gasser
CultureTech Solution Engineer at Energage
Dayton Crites
Cache County Trails and Active Transportation Planner, Cache County
RaLynne Takeda
Assistant Hunter Education Coordinator/Shooting Sports Coordinator, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Constance Beverley
CEO, National Winter Sports Education Foundation
Barry McLerran
Deputy District Director, Congresswoman Mia Love
Jerold G. Oldroyd
Senior Counsel, Ballard Spahr
Michael Flynn
Chief Operating Officer, EDCUtah
Ryan Bronson
Director of Conservation & Policy, Vista Outdoor
Rachel Bremer
Global Travel Trade Manager & Destination Development Manager Utah Office of Tourism
Reid Anderson
Physical Education Teacher, Clayton Middle School Salt Lake City School District
Doug Owens
Politician and Attorney
Celeste Johnson
Mayor, Midway City
Charlie Sturgis
Executive Director, Mountain Trails Foundation
Bob Radke
Trails and Project Development Manager, Snyderville Basin Recreation District
Tara McKee
Program Manager, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Rose Smith
Program Specialist, Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Chase Anderson
Program Coordinator, USU
Mark Preiss
Director, Zion National Park Forever Project
Jessica Wahl
Recreation Policy Advisor – Government Affairs, Outdoor Industry Association
Chris Haller
Off Highway Vehicle Program Coordinator and Recreational Trails Program Grant Administrator, Utah Division of Parks and Recreation
Alan Matheson
Executive Director, Utah Department of Environmental Quality
Lori Weigel
Public Opinion Strategies Partner, Public Opinion Strategies
Betsy Byrne
Landscape Architect, National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance
Cory MacNulty
Senior Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association
Lorie Fowlke
District Director, Office of U.S. Congressman John Curtis
Erika Pollard
Senior Program Manager, Youthworks/National Parks Conservation Association
Adam Snow
Southern Utah Director for Representative Chris Stewart, Representing Utah’s 2nd District
Rick Fournier
Field Manager, Mountain Trails Foundation
Senator Jerry Stevenson
Senator, Utah Legislature
Tom Dischmann
Senior Vice President, CBRE
Brandon Stocksdale
Community Planner, National Park Service

Register Now

Registration is open! Click the link below to purchase your ticket!

Regular Registration

June 13 - September 18
$155 per ticket

This pricing offer ends at midnight September 18th. This is a tax free ticket.

Late Registration

September 19 - October 21
$205 per ticket

This pricing offer ends at midnight October 21st. This is a tax free ticket.

Onsite Registration

October 22 - 24
$255 per ticket

Pricing available at event. This is a tax free ticket.

Our 2019 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

For this year’s sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Sarah Kyle
Sponsorship Coordinator
801.204.6834
skyle@utahmediagroup.com

Outdoor Summit Awards

The Office of Outdoor Recreation Summit Award was established to recognize significant contribution to the State of Utah in the following categories on an annual basis.

Nominations:
Do you have an organization you would like to nominate? Awards will be presented at the summit on October 23, 2019. Please submit here.

This award goes to a completed Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant project that created an outstanding amenity for outdoor recreation. This is voted on by the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee from the previous year’s completed project list.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Salt Lake Climbers Alliance for the Grit Mill Climbing Access Trails in Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon

This award goes to a business or organization that has been innovative, promotes sustainability, works with partners to promote stewardship of land, air, water and wildlife, and educates and empowers the public on the importance of interrelatedness of a healthy environment, outdoor recreation and a vibrant economy.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bike Utah for Youth BEST Program

This award goes to businesses or other organizations focused on giving back to people, humanitarian efforts and doing good in their communities. This award recognizes the impact these businesses/organizations have on their local community, economy, environment, and their employees.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Goal Zero for their humanitarian work providing power, lights and help to those in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico after the hurricanes and natural disasters.

This award is to highlight a local business, organization, community or non-profit, etc. that has had a major and positive economic impact in their community or in the state or Utah through a new outdoor recreation product, event, initiative, etc.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bouldering Festival in Joe’s Valley

This award goes to a business, organization, community or non-profit that has been dedicated to getting children and youth (6-18 years old) outside and active in Utah through outdoor recreation/education or outdoor programming. This award is to embody the spirit of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoor Initiative. This is a new category for 2019!

Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant Project of the Year

This award goes to a completed Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant project that created an outstanding amenity for outdoor recreation. This is voted on by the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee from the previous year’s completed project list.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Salt Lake Climbers Alliance for the Grit Mill Climbing Access Trails in Lower Little Cottonwood Canyon

Office of Outdoor Recreation Stewardship Award

This award goes to a business or organization that has been innovative, promotes sustainability, works with partners to promote stewardship of land, air, water and wildlife, and educates and empowers the public on the importance of interrelatedness of a healthy environment, outdoor recreation and a vibrant economy.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bike Utah for Youth BEST Program

Office of Outdoor Recreation Social Investment Award

This award goes to businesses or other organizations focused on giving back to people, humanitarian efforts and doing good in their communities. This award recognizes the impact these businesses/organizations have on their local community, economy, environment, and their employees.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Goal Zero for their humanitarian work providing power, lights and help to those in Texas, Puerto Rico, and Mexico after the hurricanes and natural disasters.

Office of Outdoor Recreation Economic Impact Award

This award is to highlight a local business, organization, community or non-profit, etc. that has had a major and positive economic impact in their community or in the state or Utah through a new outdoor recreation product, event, initiative, etc.

Congrats to the 2017 winner: Bouldering Festival in Joe’s Valley

Office of Outdoor Recreation Every Kid Outdoors Award

This award goes to a business, organization, community or non-profit that has been dedicated to getting children and youth (6-18 years old) outside and active in Utah through outdoor recreation/education or outdoor programming. This award is to embody the spirit of Utah’s Every Kid Outdoor Initiative. This is a new category for 2019!