Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

New Ways to Explore the Colorado Outdoors This Summer

Summer in Colorado provides myriad amazing opportunities to get outside. Whether you live in the mountains or are a weekend-warrior traveling from the front range, Colorado offers incredible outdoor recreation opportunities of all kinds. 

We are outlining a few unique opportunities to get outside that you may not have tried before. Many of us have hiked, biked and skied through the Rockies, but not all of us have explored these one-of-a-kind experiences. 

Director's Report - Outdoor Recreation Industry Office


July is already upon us and the typical peak of Colorado’s summer outdoors is just a few days away. That also means the state’s fiscal year has closed, and I am feeling both excitement and trepidation as we approach summer and close out a year that has been tremendously challenging and incredibly tough on all of us. There is, I remind myself, much to look forward to in the year ahead, and many milestones to celebrate from the past 12 months. 

Outdoor Recreation Industry Thrives in Colorado with Innovative Sustainable Practices

The #ShopLocalColorado campaign this April celebrates Earth Day by highlighting sustainable products and initiatives by outdoor recreation and renewable energy businesses throughout Colorado. We invite business owners and community partners to utilize the #ShopLocalColorado toolkit to share the shop local message and encourage all Coloradans to shop locally, support our small businesses and boost our economy.

City of Trinidad makes history by creating one of the first municipal/city level Office of Outdoor Recreation

At the close of 2020 the City of Trinidad, Colorado  announced the creation of it’s new Office of Outdoor Recreation.  While the first State Office of Outdoor Recreation was created in Utah in 2013, and Colorado created its State Office of Outdoor Recreation in 2015, Trinidad may be the first municipality to create an office dedicated to cultivating an outdoor recreation economy.

The CORE Act will Protect Over 400,000 Acres of Public Land and boost Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy

Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, and U.S. Congressman Joe Neguse, have introduced the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act. The bill supports growing Colorado’s outdoor recreation economy, protecting over 400,000 acres of public land, establishing new wilderness, recreation, and conservation areas, and safeguarding existing outdoor recreation opportunities.

OEDIT Enables Worldwide Live Stream of 2021 Ouray Virtual Ice Festival and Competition

Colorado community comes together to fund the first-ever live stream of the iconic 26-year old event 

DENVER - The Ouray Ice Climbing Competition Finals will be live-streamed around the world on Saturday January 23, 2021 (11 am to 2 pm MST; 1800 to 2100 GMT), thanks to an unprecedented collaboration of Colorado government, private and non-profit organizations.