The Utah Travel Health & Safety Web site was first created by the Utah Department of Health just prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The purpose of that site was to help Olympic visitors experience Utah's winter conditions safely and contained only winter safety tips. Most of these tips are still found in our winter section.
The site was completely redesigned in August 2003 to help Utah residents as well as visitors safely experience Utah’s outdoor activities any time of year. Additional winter safety tips were added and activities and safety tips were created for all seasons. The safety tips were chosen because they encompass a wide range of recreational activities and many are specific to Utah's environment.
When the site was redesigned the Internet was thoroughly searched and it seems that Utah is the only state with a comprehensive travel health & safety Web site like this. Much of this information may be found elsewhere, but this Web site is unique in that it brings all of this information to one central location and is provided by the state's Health Department as a public service.
In 2005, the site was nominated for a "Best of State" award in the "computer related services" category. Letters of recommendation were received by the Utah Department of Health's internet coordinator and the Governor's Deputy Chief Information Officer.
Utah's exciting outdoor activities and beautiful scenery make travel and tourism one of Utah’s economic cornerstones and living in Utah so attractive. However, Utah's wide range of recreational opportunities and rugged environment create a potential for injury and illness. The Utah Department of Health hopes that the information provided by this Web site can help prevent injuries and loss of life.
For comments, suggestions, or questions, please contact the site's developer.