The seminar will begin on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, Colorado, next to the majestic Rocky Mountains, one hour north of Denver, Colorado’s capital and largest city. Most of the seminar will be spent in the field visiting protected areas offering a wide range of tourism programs. These parks and reserves include a wide variety of habitat types and cultural resources and are managed by federal, state, and local governments; NGOs; and private landowners. Highlights will include trips to Rocky Mountain, Jewel Cave, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and several national forests, monuments, and wildlife refuges, plus visits to a western dude ranch (agro-tourism) and a variety of other local and regional tourism attractions. Visits to protected areas of different management categories, governance types, and types and levels of tourism activities will provide participants with unparalleled opportunities to learn about tourism planning and management approaches in protected areas and adjacent gateway communities.