About Us

About Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry

Colorado provides a diverse landscape for all types of outdoor recreation activities. From camping and hunting, to mountain biking and skiing, there is a little something for everyone. In fact, recent statistics show that 92% of Colorado residents participate in outdoor recreation each year. It is no surprise that outdoor recreation is immensely important to this state and to those who live, work and play here. The outdoor economy contributes to a higher quality of life, making people and communities happier and healthier.

The Colorado outdoor recreation industry is thriving. Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy generates $37 billion in consumer spending annually, and contributes 511,000 direct jobs. Those who work in the industry have collectively earned over $21 billion in wages and salaries, while those who support it have generated $9 billion in state and local tax revenue. This is no small feat, placing Colorado in an optimal place to capitalize on these economic trends.

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Nathan Fey


Samantha Albert

Deputy Director

Awanti Sura

Operations Manager

Our Impact






consumer spending


wages & spending


state, local, & federal tax

Contact Us

Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

1600 Broadway, Ste. 2500
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 892-3840
Fax: (303) 892-3848