Experience Tourism Naturally



Due to inclement weather this event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled this spring. Our sincerest of apologies!



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With over 90 years of experience in parks and protected areas, and one of the oldest and longest running nature-based tourism programs in the nation, HDNR aims to celebrate tourism and outdoor recreation at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and Colorado.

We have invited students, student clubs, campus organizations, outdoor recreation retail and food businesses, HDNR alumni, and the larger Colorado outdoor recreation community to attend Experience: Tourism Naturally. With this student-centric event, we are hoping to connect people and businesses who have a passion for outdoor recreation and the tourism industry, and to collaboratively celebrate nature-based recreation at CSU.

Date: October 10th, 2018
Time: 11am – 3pm, Keynote at 12pm
Location: West Lawn and Lagoon of the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University
Cost: Free

Learn: at our FREE demos on fly fishing, rock climbing, slack lining, bike repair, and more!

Enjoy: FREE adventure food to fuel your next adventure, live music, 2 virtual reality downhill skiing simulations, outdoor recreation activities, yard games, and additional door prizes thanks to our sponsors.

Luis Benitez, Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry
Luis Benitez, Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry

This year’s keynote speaker @ Noon is Luis Benitez, Director of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. Having summited Everest 6 times, Luis has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of climbers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times. At the heart of his career, Luis has always focused on teaching as well as serving. Some of his most rewarding work has been to help create the nonprofit “Trekking For Kids”, which focuses on service based expeditions allowing participants to climb and trek while teaching them about local issues like housing and healthcare for orphans around the world, as well as Warriors to Summits, a nonprofit focusing on serving returning Veterans by connecting them with the outdoors.



This event is an opportunity to get engaged with the Colorado Tourism Industry and find out about the innovative and industry grounded tourism programs offered by The Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. Our programs and curriculum emphasize courses in tourism management, marketing and planning, natural resources, tourism business, and social sciences to develop appropriate skills for managing recreation and tourism enterprises.

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This event has been made possible by our many sponsors and partners. Our on-campus partners are: CSU Tourism Association, CSU Outdoor Programs, CSU Mountain Campus, CSU Zero Waste Team, and CSU Career Services. We would like to thank Vail Resorts, Eldora Mountain Resort, Topo Designs, Backpackers Pantry, Old Town Spice Shop, Bobo Bars, Noosa Yoghurt, SCHEELS, The Outdoor Industry Association, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife for enabling and participating in this event. Many of these sponsors will also be recruiting for employment!