Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Polis Administration Continues to Support Colorado’s Outdoor Industry: OREC Announces Third Round of Colorado State Outdoor Recreation Grant Recipients

Today, Governor Polis and the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced 12 new recipients of the Colorado State Outdoor Recreation grant across the state. These grants will promote career development, hiring efforts and marketing in Colorado’s thriving outdoor recreation sector and have been awarded to organizations from Craig to Ridgway and Arvada to Colorado City.

Boosting Colorado’s Outdoor Rec Workforce: OREC Announces Grant Recipients of Outdoor Recreation Industry Impact Fund

Today, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (OREC) of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) announced 24 recipients of the Outdoor Recreation Industry Impact Fund (ORIIF). These grants are intended to help outdoor recreation industry businesses and nonprofits hire and retain over 100 full-time and part-time positions.

5 Key Takeaways from the OREC Listening Tour

This summer, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office (or as we like to call it, OREC) took to the road for a listening tour. The team criss-crossed the state meeting with community and business leaders in communities from Monte Vista and Durango to Fort Morgan and Sterling—all with the goal of hearing firsthand what these communities are experiencing in a world changed by the pandemic.

Updated Economic data from US BEA on impact of Outdoor Recreation Industry shows industry gains, losses and overall economic impact

DENVER -- The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its annual statistics for 2020 measuring the economic impact of the outdoor recreation economy for all 50 states, including Colorado, and the District of Columbia.
These new numbers show outdoor recreation generates $689 billion in economic output and creates 4.3 million jobs nationwide. The report, a snapshot in time of a challenging and uncertain year, includes national and state-level data.

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.