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.
Numerous recreation businesses, hospitals, and public agencies support the curriculum by providing advisory council members and by providing opportunities for student internships and employment. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism is part of a warm, western setting where people are outgoing and friendly, and where learning is loved.
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.
Letter from the Director
Welcome to Parks, Recreation, and Tourism within the Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation!
Our students, faculty, and staff are dedicated to enhancing quality of life through the provision of healthy, fulfilling, and sustainable leisure opportunities and management of the resources visited for these pursuits. We do this through undergraduate and graduate education of student majors who want to do something positive for our planet and all its inhabitants. If you choose to join us in this quest, I am confident you will find our department a wonderful setting for your studies.
The possibilities in the parks, recreation, and tourism professions are endless and we trust our program can facilitate an experience that provides skills, knowledge, and experience, preparing you for a lifetime effecting well-being and positive change in society.
So take a moment to meet our faculty and explore our program. We welcome you and your passion at the University of Utah!