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The Next Normal: Utah tourism adapts after COVID-19 hits hard

Moab visitors go on a Moab Adventure Center river rafting tour. (Moab Adventure Center)

Editor’s note: This story is a part of a series that explores the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and how things have changed on and off campus.

The tourism industry is one of the most lucrative in Utah, with visitors coming from all over the world to experience the state’s natural beauty and outdoor recreation. COVID-19 has hit Utah tourism hard, forcing workers in the industry to find creative ways to adapt.

Vicki Varela, managing director of the Utah Office of Tourism, said Utah tourism — normally a $10 billion industry — will see a serious dip in revenue this year.

“The tourism industry depends on people going places, and nobody has been going anywhere since March,” she said.

International travel bans are a significant contributor to this, Varela said. International visitors make up

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Vacation World R.V. Center Vacation World RV of St. George, Utah

Vacation World R.V. Center of St. George, Utah

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Utah – Recreation | Bureau of Land Management

Looking for a retreat from the hustle of daily life – where the stars are bright, the air is clear, and the only noise is a nearby owl hooting into the night? BLM Utah provides outstanding camping opportunities for every comfort-level. From remote, backcountry camping to front-country developed sites, you will find the perfect campsite on BLM Utah-managed lands. BLM camping areas provide differing levels of services – plan ahead and be prepared, bring water, and the appropriate means to deal with your trash and human/dog waste.

Visit Recreation.gov to reserve group campsites. For all other campgrounds and dispersed camping inquiries, contact the local BLM Field Office (link to Utah directory). 

Keep in mind that popular camping areas, such as Moab, fill quickly. Please plan accordingly.

Cedar City 

There are great camping opportunities within the Cedar City Field Office. From dispersed camping sites to developed campgrounds, visitors can camp and

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