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CSU’s newest course isn’t only the most Colorado ever, it’s the first of its kind in the country

CSU launches online graduate certificate in adventure tourism

Monte Whaley
The Denver Post

The 152-mile Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area qualifies as Colorado’s fourth largest state park. It’s also home to the most popular commercial whitewater rafting runs in the nation, including Browns Canyon, pictured here at the signature rapids known as Zoom Flume. (Scott Willoughby, The Denver Post)

People spend $887 million annually to shred the slopes in Crested Butte, mountain bike the sandstone trails in Moab, Utah, cast a line in Lake Minnetonka, Minn., and enjoy other outdoor adventures in Colorado and across the U.S.

So it makes sense to train the people who manage the adventure and outdoor recreation industry to provide what's best for people and the environment, say top tourism and Colorado State University officials.

CSU is doing its part by launching an online graduate certificate in adventure tourism, the first of its kind in the nation.

Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, said the CSU program, which launches in spring, will help students and those already working in the outdoor recreation industry to adapt to rapid changes in adventure tourism.

"The outdoor recreation industry represents a new economy," Benitez said. "The leaders of this economy will need to have a deep understanding of our natural resources, and how to integrate the components of innovation, health and wellness into a vision for what comes next."

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