2021 Kanab Outdoor Summit

Normally a large, three-day event, the 2021 Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit will be two regional gatherings in Logan (September) and Kanab (October). The Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit is a gathering place for all sectors of the outdoor recreation industry in Utah to connect, learn, grow and build together with a vision for the future, health and vitality of outdoor recreation in Utah. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Summit focuses on how we strengthen outdoor recreation communities, the outdoor recreation economy, and improve health and quality of life for all Utahns.

Through programming, networking, and outdoor activities, this event focuses on how we strengthen outdoor recreation communities, the outdoor recreation economy, and improve health and quality of life for all Utahns.

Our theme this year is ``Outdoors Elevated`` and the Summit is meant to do just that — elevate the outdoors! We seek to build on the appreciation and admiration for the outdoors and continue to elevate the outdoors, outdoor communities, and the people and organizations who make outdoor recreation possible.

Scroll down to learn more about our schedule, breakout sessions, and speakers.


Kanab Center

The Kanab Center is a convention center in Southern Utah.





Holiday Inn Express & SuitesClose to spectacular scenery.
Hampton InnDaily hot breakfast and WiFi are free, and pets are welcome.
CampCamping available at Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park


Mylo FowlerMylo Fowler
Mylo Fowler
Mylo FowlerOwner/Photographer | MyloFowler.com
Mylo Fowler was born at the Navajo Nation capital and raised on the western edge of Navajoland. He loves to photograph his homelands and surrounding area for his assignments. He is a photographer and contributor to National Geographic and currently one of twelve global ambassadors for Adobe Lightroom.
Hilary LambertHilary Lambert
Hilary Lambert
Hilary LambertCEO | Wasatch Mountain Institute
Hilary is the CEO of the Wasatch Mountain Institute, a Utah non-profit dedicated to connecting children, their families, and communities to the wonder, recreational and educational opportunities in the Wasatch range.
Jake PalmaJake Palma
Jake Palma
Jake PalmaMonument Manager | Bears Ears National Monument, Bureau of Land Management
Jake Palma is the monument manager at Bears Ears National Monument for the Bureau of Land Management.
Alex PorporaAlex Porpora
Alex Porpora
Alex PorporaExecutive Director| Utah Society for Environmental Education
Alex Porpora is Executive Director of the Utah Society for Environmental Education, the Utah Affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education.
Stephen D. Neeleman, MDStephen D. Neeleman, MD
Stephen D. Neeleman, MD
Stephen D. Neeleman, MDFounder and Vice Chairman | HealthEquity
Dr. Stephen Neeleman is the Founder and Vice Chairman of HealthEquity.


Isaac Aleman, Sr.Isaac Aleman, Sr.
Isaac Aleman, Sr.
Isaac Aleman, Sr.Hunting Brand Specialist | Black Rifle Coffee
Born and raised in Utah worked in the hunting/outdoor industry for 13 years. Avid outdoorsman/hunter who loves hunting public land for mule deer. Isaac currently works side by side with his son Isaac Jr. as part of Black Rifle Coffee Hunting division.
Isaac Aleman Jr.Isaac Aleman Jr.
Isaac Aleman Jr.
Isaac Aleman Jr.Hunting Brand Specialist | Black Rifle Coffee
Isaac Aleman Jr. started hunting/shooting archery at a really young age with his father. Now he’s a full time bow technician at Black Rifle coffee and an avid outdoorsman.
Nan AndersonNan Anderson
Nan Anderson
Nan AndersonOutreach Development Manager | Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity
Nan is part of the Office of Rural Development at the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah), and she works in the rural location in Wayne County (200 miles from SLC!). Her focus at Go Utah is spearheading the Utah Main Street Pilot Program, outreach to rural counties and businesses in the Southern part of the state, and marketing rural programs and business resources.
Harry BarberHarry Barber
Harry Barber
Harry BarberDistrict Manager | BLM, Paria River District
Harry Barber has worked for the Federal Govt. for 30 years. He began his career as a wildlife biologist and is currently the Paria River District Manager.
Matt CaldwellMatt Caldwell
Matt Caldwell
Matt CaldwellExecutive Director | Tread Lightly!
Matt Caldwell became the Executive Director for Tread Lightly! in October of 2020. Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization with a mission to promote responsible, motorized recreation through stewardship programs and ethics education to ensure off-roading opportunities are accessible for future generations.
Devan ChavezDevan Chavez
Devan Chavez
Devan ChavezPublic Affairs Manager & Lead PIO | Utah DNR
Devan Chavez is the Public Information Officer for Utah State Parks. Prior to working at DNR, he worked as a multimedia journalist in Southern Utah.
McKell ChristensenMcKell Christensen
McKell Christensen
McKell ChristensenMembership and Public Relations Manager | URPA
McKell Christensen has been in the aquatics and recreation field for 18 years. She is passionate about aquatics and our community safety in, on, and around the water.
Nancy DayNancy Day
Nancy Day
Nancy DayDirector | Parks and Recreation, West Valley UT
Nancy Day is the Parks and Recreation Director for West Valley City, Utah. She has worked for West Valley City for over 20 years and has worked in the Parks and Recreation profession for over 30 years.
Briget EastepBriget Eastep
Briget Eastep
Briget EastepExecutive Director of Outdoor Pathways | Southern Utah University Outdoor Pathways
Dr. Eastep is the Executive Director of Outdoor Pathways and an Associate Professor of Outdoor Recreation at Southern Utah University
Locke Ettinger PT, PhDLocke Ettinger PT, PhD
Locke Ettinger PT, PhD
Locke Ettinger PT, PhD
Grandfather to 5 beautiful granddaughters. Vice-Chair for Get Healthy Utah. Graduate from BYU, Texas Women’s University in 1989 with a master’s in physical therapy and Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2013 with a PhD in Health Promotion and Wellness.
Chris HallerChris Haller
Chris Haller
Chris HallerOff Highway Vehicle Program Coordinator and Recreational Trails Program Grant Administrator | Utah Division of Parks and Recreation
Chris Haller is the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program Coordinator and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Grant Administrator. He is honored to have the opportunity in working with various partners, land managers and those that are involved with outdoor recreation. His main goal is to maintain the positive momentum for motorized recreation in Utah.
Mark R. GaylordMark R. Gaylord
Mark R. Gaylord
Mark R. GaylordManaging Partner | Ballard Spahr
Mark R. Gaylord is the Managing Partner of the Salt Lake City office, where he also leads Ballard Spahr’s litigation practice.
Pitt GrewePitt Grewe
Pitt Grewe
Pitt GreweDirector | Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
A husband and father of three, Pitt Grewe is the Director of the office of Outdoor Recreation for the State of Utah. A Utah native, he has worked in the outdoor industry for almost 15 years.
Jordan KatcherJordan Katcher
Jordan Katcher
Jordan KatcherCommunity Development Specialist | Utah Community Development Office
Jordan Katcher is a Community Development Specialist with the Utah Community Development Office and an Associate Instructor with the University of Utah's Department of City & Metropolitan Planning.
Josie KellyJosie Kelly
Josie Kelly
Josie KellySophomore | Manila High School
Josie Kelly recently published an article called, “Into the Outdoors” in Discover Utah Kids magazine where explores the correlation between kids getting outside and good mental health. She is amazingly positive and full of kindness.
Ryan KellyRyan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Ryan KellyMarketing/Tourism Director | Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce & Fishing Guide
Ryan Kelly has worked in the fly fishing industry for 28 years including 21 years as a guide on Utah’s famous Green River. He has worked for the Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce for the last 4 years marketing the Flaming Gorge Area.
Justin LeeJustin Lee
Justin Lee
Justin LeeDirector of Government Relations | Utah League of Cities and Towns
Justin Lee is the Director of Government Relations for the Utah League of Cities and Towns. Prior to joining the League, Justin spent 11 years working for three different lieutenant governors (Bell, Cox, and Henderson), serving the past 4 years as Director of Elections for the State of Utah.
Bianca LyonBianca Lyon
Bianca Lyon
Bianca LyonDirector of Community and Partner Relations | Utah Office of Tourism
Bianca Lyon is the Community and Partner Relations Director for the Utah Office of Tourism, under the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.
Tara McKeeTara McKee
Tara McKee
Tara McKeeProgram Manager | Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Tara McKee has worked for the Office of Outdoor Recreation since August 2013. She currently serves in the role as Program Manager and administers the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant program
Patrick MorrisonPatrick Morrison
Patrick Morrison
Patrick MorrisonProgram Specialist | Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation
Patrick Morrison is a Program Specialist with the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation. A Utah native, he is an avid climber, fly fisher, and backpacker.
Stephanie PackStephanie Pack
Stephanie Pack
Stephanie PackBusiness Development Manager | EDCUtah
Stephanie Pack is an economic development professional within the state of Utah and works with companies looking to invest in the state
Emily PaskettEmily Paskett
Emily Paskett
Emily PaskettPrograms & Grant Manager | UCAIR
Emily Paskett joined the Utah Clean Air Partnership, UCAIR, in August of 2021 as the Programs and Grant Manager facilitating statewide projects and coordinating local funding
Chris PerkinsChris Perkins
Chris Perkins
Chris PerkinsSenior Director | Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
As Senior Director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, Perkins works to promote the sustainable growth of the outdoor recreation economy.
Glenn PriceGlenn Price
Glenn Price
Glenn PriceFounder & Managing Partner | Bondir
Glenn Price is the founder & managing partner at Bondir.
Jacey SkinnerJacey Skinner
Jacey Skinner
Jacey SkinnerGeneral Counsel | Ballard Spahr
Jacey Skinner has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Utah state government. Before joining Ballard Spahr, served as General Counsel to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert from 2013 to 2017.
Allison Yamamoto-SparksAllison Yamamoto-Sparks
Allison Yamamoto-Sparks
Allison Yamamoto-SparksVisitor Services Specialist, San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services/Utah's Canyon Country
Allison has worked for San Juan County Economic Development & Visitor Services since moving to Utah 2009
Representative Jeff StenquistRepresentative Jeff Stenquist
Representative Jeff Stenquist
Representative Jeff StenquistUtah House of Representatives
Representative Jeff Stenquist has represented Draper in the Utah House since 2019 and serves as Chair of the Utah Outdoor Adventure Commission, which is developing a strategic plan for outdoor recreation for the state of Utah while also having oversight responsibilities
Camille Johnson TaylorCamille Johnson Taylor
Camille Johnson Taylor
Camille Johnson TaylorDirector of Tourism | Kane County
Camille Johnson Taylor is the Director of Tourism for Kane County. She's been with the Kane County Office of Tourism for seven years. Camille is a 7th-generation local of Kanab and is a direct descendent of the first European-American explorer of Zion Canyon, Nephi Johnson. Not only are her roots deep in southern Utah, so is her passion and love for this area.
Mike ThomasMike Thomas
Mike Thomas
Mike ThomasOHV Volunteer Specialist | Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation
Mike Thomas is celebrating 5 years with the OHV Program which also happens to be the 50th Anniversary of the program. Since starting with the state he has recruited, partnered and worked with over 500 volunteers, 40 non-profit OHV clubs, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and 6 educational institutions as well as multiple counties within the state of Utah.
Stephanie TomlinStephanie Tomlin
Stephanie Tomlin
Stephanie TomlinTransportation Planner | Utah Department of TransportatioN
Stephanie Tomlin is a Transportation Planner at the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) specializing in active transportation data analytics, multi-modal transportation planning and the integration of big data in planning initiatives.
Phil TuttlePhil Tuttle
Phil Tuttle
Phil TuttleUtah Division of Wildlife Resources | Videographer
Phil Tuttle is a Videographer for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. He has also traveled the world as a freelance videographer filming in Dubai, Iceland, Belize, the Seychelles, and the Arctic Circle just to name a few.
Katie WallaceKatie Wallace
Katie Wallace
Katie WallacePreventive Search and Rescue Specialist | Kane County Search and Rescue
Katie Wallace is a volunteer with the Kane County Search and Rescue team, which is a part of the Sheriff's Office.
Carmen ValDezCarmen ValDez
Carmen ValDez
Carmen ValDezPolicy Associate | Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah)
Carmen ValDez is a double University of Utah graduate, earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science with a minor in Campaign Management and then a Master’s degree in International Affairs and Global Enterprise.


Wednesday, October 27 Agenda:

10:00 AM -3:30 PM East Zion Ribbon Cutting and E-Bike Field Trip (more details coming!)

1:00-3:00 PM ATV Tour of Peek-a-Boo Slot Canyon 

1:00-3:00 PM Via Ferrata & Rappel Tour

4:30 PM-5:15 PM Pre-dinner networking + ATV transportation from Moqui Cave to the Cave Lakes Canyon Meadow for dinner

5:15-6:00 PM Dinner at the Cave Lakes Canyon Meadow

6:00-6:45 PM ATV transportation from the Cave Lakes Canyon Meadow to Moqui Cave

7:00 PM options:

7:00 PM Dark sky tour begins at Zion View Star Field

7:00 PM Screening of PBS’ “Call of the Canyon: Zion National Park” begins at Moqui Cave

Learn more about our activities and stewardship.

Thursday, October 28 Agenda:

Sunrise (exact time TBD) – Photography tour and workshop with Zack and Whit Photography

6:00-6:45 Sunrise yoga with Granogi

8:00-9:30 AM Breakfast Keynote + Awards

9:30-10:00 AM Networking break

10:00-11:00 AM Breakout sessions

11:00-11:15 AM Networking break

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM Breakout sessions

12:15-12:30 PM Networking break

12:30-1:45 PM Lunch Keynote + Awards

1:45-2:00 PM Networking break

2:00-3:00 PM Breakout sessions

3:00-3:30 Networking Break

3:30-4:00 Closing session

4:30-6:30 Forever Mighty Summit Stewardship Project

Learn more about our activities and stewardship

Find our 2021 schedule below and preview breakout sessions here.


Healthy & Active Lifestyles

Outdoor Industry & Business

Outdoor Recreation Community Development

Policies & People

Trails, Towns, & Tourism

Additional trails-focused programming and workshops are available through the Utah Trails Forum add-on package. Learn more here!


Enjoy a delicious tinfoil dinner outdoors at the beautiful Cave Lakes property just a few miles north of Kanab (across from Moqui Cave). Cave Lakes is a beautiful cozy canyon with several natural caves and springs  Cave Lakes is home to Roam Outdoor Adventure Company.

There will be heaters but please bring a jacket as the evening will be cool. Self-drive is allowed, but parking space is limited, so please carpool. A shuttle will be available from the back of The Kanab Center.


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For this year’s sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

E: skyle@utahbusiness.com
P: 626.660.6320