Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Program

Parks, Recreation, and Tourism undergraduate and graduate programs prepare students in a wide array of fields concerned with social, environmental, and economic aspects of society.

Our Vision 

We envision a global community that values and celebrates parks, recreation, and tourism. To that end, we contribute to individual, community, and environmental health through education, research, and action informed by the preventive, developmental, and restorative properties of parks, recreation, and tourism.

Our Mission

We create, share, and apply knowledge about parks, recreation, and tourism to inspire students, inform policy, serve social needs, promote sustainability, and advocate for the health of people, communities, and the environment.

Why Utah?

Located on the northeastern edge of Salt Lake City, our 1,500 acre campus reaches to the foothills of the majestic Wasatch Mountains. Over 25,000 students represent all 50 states and many foreign countries. More than 2,000 clinical, adjunct, research, and visiting faculty serve the student body.

Utah is the West at its best: four distinct seasons, ready access to all outdoor activities including superb skiing at eight world-famous resorts just minutes from campus. Utah is home to five national parks and countless national, regional, state, and local recreation areas. Salt Lake City, with a metropolitan population of 650,000, is the hub of the Intermountain West.

Latest News

Urban Ranger Campus Tree Tour
Sep 05, 2018

Urban Ranger Campus Tree Tour

Did you know that the University of Utah is recognized as a “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation? And that it has over 12,000 trees on campus? Join personnel from the Urban Ranger Program and the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Program for a 60-minute bike tour of some of the most remarkable trees on campus. ... Read More

50th Anniversary Keynote Speaker: Tom Adams
Apr 03, 2018

50th Anniversary Keynote Speaker: Tom Adams

The University of Utah Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Department is excited to welcome University of Utah alumnus and PRT graduate Tom Adams as its 50th Anniversary Keynote Speaker. Tom Adams is currently the Director of the Office of Outdoor Recreation at the Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development. ... Read More

River to Recovery
Mar 28, 2018

River to Recovery

For many soldiers, returning home from war poses significant challenges towards attaining a sense of normalcy. Developing programs that help veterans connect and form bonds with others is one way to alleviate this isolation. Team River Runner seeks “to provide all veterans and their families an opportunity to find health, healing, community purpose, and new challenges through adventure and adaptive paddle sports.”... Read More


Undergraduate Advising

Eric Gardner

Undergraduate Advisor

Phone: 801-585-0832

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Graduate Advising

Dr. Jim Sibthorp

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 801-581-5940

Online ST&HM Program

Preston Tanner

Online Program Coordinator

Phone: 801-587-7357

PRT Main Office

270 South 1400 East
Room 201
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Phone: 801-581-8542

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