Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


Utah: John Knudson

John has been a constant and committed force for trails in Utah for the last 16 years.

From David Olsen, Moab City parks planner and member of the Utah Recreational Trails Advisory Council: "I have known John Knudson for 16 years and appreciate his great attitude to help people and communities to get trail projects planned, approved, executed and completed. He has helped the City of Moab, Grand County and BLM on several great trail projects in the area, and we love working with him. John is a great leader. John visits all the communities and government entities that prepare trail grant applications. He gives good advice, ideas and support."

From Sean Damitz, Director of the Utah Conservation Corps: "For many years John has maximized limited resources to support trail users and the thousands of miles of trails they use within the state. He has worked especially close with state park supervisors in improving trail networks within Utah State Parks on extremely tight budgets."

John has dedicated most of his career to the service of Utah’s State Parks and the trails within this state. He has personally gained intimate knowledge of the creation and maintenance of trails by both beating the ground with a Pulaski and pushing the paperwork that makes the funding and logistics work. Furthermore, John is committed to educating the state’s trail professionals from all different agencies through classes and workshops he has gained funding for over the years.