The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program is a volunteer trail ambassador program coordinated by the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Recreation at the University of Utah in partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. The program was initiated in September 2015.
The Urban Rangers are University of Utah students trained by the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Jordan River Commission, Natural History Museum of Utah, Red Butte Garden & Arboretum, Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands, and the American Red Cross. Volunteer rangers serve for a period of 9 months or more, committing to weekly patrols in conjunction with the academic calendar. While on patrol, Urban Rangers and a second student volunteer from the University of Utah greet and assist trail users when possible, clean up litter and dog waste, and gather information about trail conditions using the mobile app Gaia GPS. Volunteers are outfitted with donated gear from our sponsors.
During the 2015-2016 season, seven University of Utah students volunteered to patrol an 11-mile section of the epic Bonneville Shoreline Trail, one of Salt Lake City’s most popular trails. For 2016-2017, 15 rangers have been recruited and the program has expanded to include a section of the beautiful Jordan River Parkway. Our goal is to provide both English and Spanish language services to the public.
The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program began with generous support from a grant from the National Park Service, and has included sponsorship from the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Adventures of the University of Utah, Competitive Cyclist, Black Diamond Equipment, Mountain Khakis, Cotapaxi, and Gaia GPS.
If you are a University of Utah student and would like to volunteer alongside a Wasatch Front Urban Ranger for a 4-hour patrol, please fill out our volunteer form! Students who volunteer once on each trail (Jordan River Parkway and Bonneville Shoreline Trail) receive a free water bottle.
If you would like to become an Urban Ranger, please check back in late Spring for details on applying to the program. Rangers must be enrolled at the University of Utah.
To learn more about us, view our 2017 Urban Ranger YouTube video in English and in Spanish celebrating the Jordan River Parkway, and our 2016 Urban Ranger YouTube video featuring the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. And don’t forget to follow us on social media!