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Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation will award over $20 million in grants to boost outdoor recreation opportunities

Salt Lake City—The Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation (DOR) is awarding over $20 million in grants to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities throughout Utah – the most to date awarded by the state.  

The division will award more than $16 million in Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant (UORG) funds to 90 outdoor recreation infrastructure projects in 24 counties across Utah, and $4.2 million in  Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation grants to 51 OHV-related projects in 28 counties.  

“We are thrilled to invest more than $20 million in Utah’s communities and outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Jason Curry, Director of the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation. “The grants will enhance the quality of life for Utahns and visitors alike and will continue to bolster  Utah as a premier outdoor recreation destination in the world. Utah is leading the way in how we  invest, support and plan for one of our greatest resources, access to our natural spaces.” 

The OHV Recreation grants support projects that improve OHV trails, increase user access,  promote safety and education, and enhance the overall OHV experience for Utah residents and visitors. Meanwhile, the UORG funds are used to support a variety of outdoor recreation projects and initiatives, such as park development, trail maintenance and conservation efforts. 

In addition to infrastructure for water recreation, OHV use, climbing, and other recreational activities, this year’s grant funding will help restore nearly 800 miles of existing, multi-use trail and help build nearly 150 miles of new, multi-use trails throughout the state. 

The grants will benefit communities across Utah, from rural areas to urban centers. The projects supported by the grants are expected to provide a boost to local economies, as well as enhance the state’s reputation as a premier outdoor recreation destination. 

“We are grateful for the tremendous support from the state’s leadership, our grant scoring committee and our partners in the outdoor recreation industry,” said Curry. “Their support has 

been instrumental in allowing us to continue to grow these opportunities and provide these  critical grants to communities throughout Utah.” 

Since 2015, the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant has awarded over $50 million to 489 projects for building or restoring outdoor recreation infrastructure across Utah. The OHV Recreation  Grant has funded more than $10 million to 270 projects since it was created in 2020.  

The bi-annual OHV Recreation Grant will reopen for the summer cycle on Thursday, June 1  through July 31 at 5 p.m. For more information and to apply, visit 

For the complete list of 2023 UORG recipients, click here. 

For more information on the Division of Outdoor Recreation and available grants, visit 

About Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation 

In 2022, the Utah State Legislature recognized the growing importance of the outdoors to Utah’s economic prosperity and quality of life and created the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation  (DOR). As part of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, DOR combines the nation’s first  Office of Outdoor Recreation with other state recreation management programs, including  Utah’s Boating Program, Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program, and recreation law enforcement officers. DOR is committed to ensuring every Utahn can live a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor recreation and access to natural space. DOR’s areas of focus include recreational access; safety and education; stewardship and sustainable visitation; and economic growth and opportunity through outdoor recreation.