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Colorado's 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
Colorado's 2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

Mountain view from inside tent at Arkansas Headwaters State Park

New economic contribution numbers show significant growth in Colorado's outdoor recreation economy 

Outdoor recreation provides for over 500,000 Colorado jobs -​​ ​nearly 20% of the state's ​workforce. As an industry, outdoor recreation makes up ​10% of the state GDP.​ A fact sheet as well as a full report on the outdoor recreation economy in Colorado are linked below.

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on the draft plan! 

See the 
Draft 2019 SCORP document and Plan Appendices​.​

​Colorado's outdoor recreation priorities for 2019-2023, presented in the draft SCORP:

    1. Sustainable access and opportunity to enjoy the outdoors

    2. Stewardship of natural, cultural and recreational resources

    3. Conservation of lands, waters and wildlife

    4. Funding the future to sustain Colorado's outdoors

​Recreation priority areas are closely linked with Colorado's Outdo​or​ Recreation Principles adopted by the Parks and Wildlife Commission in 2016. You too can adopt these Principles that bring us together with a shared commitment to steward Colorado's outdoor resources for the future.​​ ​​


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SCORP timeline graphic

About the ​Planning Process

This 2019-2023 SCORP reflects the shared vision and commitment of Colorado outdoor recreation partners to advance strategies that ensure all people can easily connect to Colorado's outdoors.

This plan provides the framework to strategically allocate LWCF dollars (combined with investments from other federal, state, local and private funding programs) and to support collaborations with outdoor recreation parnters that promote both recreational enjoyment and thoughtful conservation of Colorado’s outdoor resources.

To develop Colorado’s 2019 SCORP, CPW gathered data to better understand emerging outdoor recreation trends, issues, and opportunities through statewide surveys of the general public and land managers. Staff then worked for over a year actively engaging a diverse group of partners and stakeholders to reflect on evolving outdoor recreation issues and to develop the top priorities and shared strategies outlined in this 5-year plan.