Did you know... #1- With its 26 world class ski resorts, Colorado has the highest amount of overnight ski visits in the country.

Colorado's Outdoor Recreation Industry

Every year in Colorado, outdoor recreation generates:
  • $13.2 billion in consumer spending
  • 125,000 direct jobs
  • $4.2 billion in wages and salaries
  • $994 million in state and local tax revenue

Great Outdoors Colorado

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $825 million in lottery proceeds to more than 3,500 projects in all 64 counties.

Jefferson County Open Space

Jefferson County Open Space Program was created by a vote of Jefferson County citizens in 1972 to preserve open space land. The program is funded by a 0.5% sales tax on the county's retail sales. The goal of the Open Space Program is to preserve and enhance the county’s uniqueness, striking mountain vistas, rolling plains, fish-filled streams, and abundant wildlife.
Source: Jefferson County Open Space, 2013.
Open Space parks/properties30
Total acres acquired52,817
Trail miles227
Annual visitors2.1 million

Did you know... #2- Colorado is the second most bicycle-friendly state in the country.

Economic Development Boosters See Growth in the Outdoor Industry

Jeffco EDC's efforts in business retention & expansion for outdoor recreation companies featured in the Outdoor Industry Association's press release.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Opens Permanent Satellite Office in Colorado

Acting U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO Michelle K. Lee, along with several elected officials, today participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the permanent location for the USPTO Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Denver, Colorado. Located in the Byron G. Rogers Federal Building in Denver's central business district, the new office will help the region's entrepreneurs advance cutting-edge ideas to the marketplace, grow their businesses, and more efficiently navigate the world's strongest intellectual property system.

Golden picked for 2014 USA Pro Challenge End Location

After receiving interest from cities throughout the state, race officials have unveiled eight of the host cities that will serve as starts and finishes for the 2014 USA Pro Challenge, Aug. 18-24, 2014. Several new additions will mark a pinnacle year for the professional cycling race, including the first-ever mountaintop finish during Stage 3 on Monarch Mountain. And with stages one through six in the books, organizers are looking to fans to provide feedback on four different options for the final stage.

Did you know... #3- With more than 40 state parks, 56 national parks and wilderness areas, and the greatest number of 14,000-foot peaks in the nation, Colorado has the third highest percentage of state land area devoted to the National Forest System.

Yeti Cycles Featured in National Geographic Magazine's 2013 Gear of the Year

The biggest buzz in mountain bikes is a new wheel size, 27.5 inches, which is designed to combine the nimbleness of traditional 26-inchers with the terrain-gobbling capabilities of 29ers. Also known as 650b (for a French wheel spec), the new 27.5s really do accelerate quicker and corner tighter than 29ers, but handle roots and rocks better than 26ers.

Coors family goes high tech with Outlast Technologies acquisition

This may be beer country, but the Coors family is shifting some of the spotlight from suds to duds, among other products. Members of the brewing dynasty last year spearheaded the acquisition of Outlast Technologies, developer of temperature-controlling technology that can absorb heat and reduce moisture in products such as ski jackets, underwear, socks, blankets and mattress pads.

Did you know... At least 65% of Colorado residents participate in outdoor recreation each year.