Utah Trails Forum

Utah Trails Forum

The Utah Trails Forum brings together industry professionals, trail advocates, volunteers, and community leaders to advance the building and care of natural surface trails. It encourages partnerships to plan, build and maintain trails from inception to completion. The forum also serves as a learning resource for individuals throughout Utah looking to further their knowledge of trail building and maintenance.

Through workshops, dialog, and networking opportunities, the Utah Trails Forum shares best practices, promotes local organizations, and offers guidance. It is a unifying network that develops and supports access to safe and sustainable trails throughout the state.

Vision: Inspire and facilitate quality trails, community connections, and lifelong adventure

Mission: This initiative advances trail access, quality, and stewardship through collaboration, education, and technical support.

Join us for this year’s inaugural Mountain West Trails Conference on May 13-16, 2024 in Vernal, Utah. 

Trail Master Steward Online Course

The Trail Master Steward online course provides volunteers, trail organizations, and land managers with a foundational understanding of the values inherent in trail stewardship. It introduces the basic skills required to be a steward of our trail resources.

Mentorship Pilot Program

Creating individual connections between experienced mentors and motivated mentees to further the UTF mission of advancing trail access, quality, and stewardship through collaboration, education, and technical support.  

Areas of Mentorship: Access and equity, advocacy, trail planning, design and construction, trail stewardship and volunteer programs, education and training, trail activation, land protection, and funding. 

Program Benefits: One-on-one learning opportunities, access to UTF’s mentorship directory, discounted admission to UTF Conferences, and mentor/mentee activities. 

Program Expectations: 

  • Each mentorship will last a minimum of 3 months with the opportunity to continue longer if both Mentor and Mentee agree.
  • Mentors and Mentees are committed to having the capacity to meet for at least 1 hour bi-monthly.
  • Complete the mentorship application including their geographic region and detail up to three clear objectives they’d like to achieve during their mentorship.
  • Complete post-mentorship survey and/or exit interview with UTF committee members. 

Interested Mentors & Mentees – Stay tuned for 2024 application dates. 

Mentorship Directory

Connecting you to Utah’s trail experts. Add your contact information to the map and connect with Utah’s many trail builders, planners, and more. The map showcases individuals based on their skillset in the following areas: 

  • Developing community support for trails. 
  • Mobilizing and supporting volunteers. 
  • Designing, building, and maintaining accessible trails. 
  • Developing and supporting local trail organizations. 
  • Trail design and construction. 
  • Trail maintenance. 

If you have any requested map updates, questions, or comments please reach out to clansche@utah.gov 

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American Discovery Trail logo
BCHA logo
Bonneville Shoreline Trail logo
Bountiful trails forum logo
Cache Trails Alliance logo
Corner Canyon Trails
Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
grand county trails
Iron Trailcraft
moab trails alliance
mountain trails park city
Numb logo
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salt lake climbers alliance
South Summit Trails Foundation
Trails Alliance of Southern Utah
Trails Foundation Northern Utah
Trails Utah
Traverse Mountain Trails
Utah Valley Trails Alliance
Wasatch Trails Foundation


Utah Trails Forum Organizing Committee
Name Contact Email
Eileen May-West, current chair eileen@wasatchadaptivesports.org
Betsy Byrne, current vice-chair betsy_byrne@nps.gov
George Grygar ggrygar@usaconservation.org
Briget Eastep eastep@suu.edu
Dave Bastian dbastian@usaconservation.org
Larry Velarde larry.velarde@usda.gov
Evan Glenn eglenn@blm.gov

Chelsea Phillippe

Carly Lansche (ex officio) clansche@utah.gov
Tara McKee (ex officio) tmckee@utah.gov
Patrick Morrison (ex officio) patrickmorrison@utah.gov

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