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NRRT 533 - Adventure Tourism Policy and Planning

  • 2 credits

This involves a detailed examination of adventure tourism standards and regulations, in addition to broader government policies that influence the environment within which the adventure tourism industry is situated. As many adventure tourism ventures operate on public lands, the role of public land agencies and their relationships with adventure tourism operators are also closely examined.


NRRT 530 or concurrent registration.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Leisure, sport and tourism: Politics, policy and planning (2010)
    Veal, A.J.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Ethan Billingsley
Ethan Billingsley

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Ethan Billingsley is an alumnus of Warner College – earning his B.S. in Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism and his M.S. in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. He served as director of undergraduate programs in the college from 2008-2018. Additionally, he is an instructor for the Adventure Tourism graduate certificate program in HDNR.
Prior to joining CSU, Ethan worked as both an educator and guide in various capacities. He has led single and multi-day whitewater rafting trips for the last 20 years and is currently a certified raft guide in the state of Colorado. He has climbed all 58 of the Colorado’s 14,000ft mountains and led many CSU groups to those summits as well. He also spent 7 summers working in summer camps where he gained considerable experience in group dynamics and leadership. Additional experience has included work as a rock-climbing instructor, backpacking guide, and sea-kayaking naturalist. Ethan loves learning about the ecology of an area as much as he likes adventuring in it. In his free time, Ethan loves spending as much time as he can with his wife and two sons in the outdoors.

Adam Beh

Adam Beh came to the American West from Michigan over two decades ago, where he quickly fell in love with long-distance trekking and big mountain biking and snowboarding. He has over 24 years of conservation leadership experience, including several years leading programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Adam enjoys connecting people to bigger conservation ideas and practices through direct and meaningful experiences in nature. Adam holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (2010, Colorado State University) and still resides in south-central Colorado when not guiding in other regions.