Utah found out how valuable its national park gateway communities are to its economy when the partial government shutdown closed Arches, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Zion and Bryce.
The state lost an estimated $30 million in tourist dollars.
Many of the communities and their leaders will meet at Sundance Thursday for the Gateway Community Forum.
The event is being hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association and a team of representatives from city and county governments, business, tourism and economic development professionals, public land managers and national park friends groups.
Workshops will be held at the Rehearsal Hall at the Sundance Resort from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.