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The government says COVID cost the outdoor recreation industry $156 billion in 2020. But did it really?

The collapse of travel and public gatherings during the pandemic last year cost America’s surging outdoor recreation industry $156 billion.  But that’s according to federal accounting.  In a more traditional accounting of outdoor recreation that measures the economic contributions from people going camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and hunting, the outdoor economy weathered the pandemic […]

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How one El Paso County bike crash is changing access to 14ers in rural Colorado

The ramifications of a lawsuit that ended with the U.S. government paying an injured mountain biker several million dollars after a crash on a washed-out trail continue to challenge Colorado fourteener hikers.  And more recreational pursuits could be impacted by the 2019 court decision as private landowners worry about lawsuits filed by people who traverse […]

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Arapaho, Roosevelt National Forests to start requiring reservations after 200% spike in recreation

Every weekend last year, hundreds of cars spilled from trailheads, lining forest roads for miles. Wait times stretched for hours just to get inside Forest Service welcome centers at Brainard Lake and Mount Evans. Wildfires scorched more than a quarter of the 1.5 million acre Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests.  And still, the easy-to-access forest’s […]