Brad Petersen

Brad Petersen was the Director of Utah’s Office of Outdoor Recreation from 2013-2015 and the first director of an office of outdoor recreation in the country. He will participate in the State Office of Outdoor Recreation Workshop Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. — 12 p.m. at the Snow King Resort.

Tickets to the workshop are available here.

In 2013, under Governor Gary Herbert of Utah, Brad Petersen was appointed to be the first state Director of Outdoor Recreation in the country. As an avid mountain biker, river guide, backcountry skier and rock and ice climber, who is also an accomplished business executive and dad to two adventurous daughters, Brad focused on touting the economic, social and health benefits of Utah’s abundant recreational opportunities.   He is driven to help companies, communities, non-profits and individuals maximize their own unique potential.

During his tenure in the Governor’s Office Brad passed legislation to create the Utah Search and Rescue Assistance Card (, secured funds to create a statewide recreation infrastructure and program development grant program (administered by the Office of Outdoor Recreation), formed the Utah Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, proactively supported the creation of other state offices of outdoor recreation and represented outdoor recreation interests in all federal and state land planning initiatives.

Since leaving the Office in January of 2016 Brad has continued to support the Outdoor Industry Association’s(OIA’s) effort to promote the benefits of state Offices of Outdoor Recreation.   He is also the Chairman of the Board of the National Ability Center in Park City, UT ( and actively promotes the benefits of adaptive recreation, while sharing best practices with similar organizations across the country.

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