Western Outdoor Recreation Reports
Human-Powered Outdoor Recreation On Public Lands
In the West, public lands are home to over 75% of human-powered outdoor recreation, including hiking, mountain biking, paddling, climbing, and backcountry skiing. Public lands provide outstanding access to some of the most popular outdoor recreation experiences in the country. They are the foundation of a thriving economic sector and a growing population of outdoor enthusiasts.
Learn more about outdoor recreation in 12 western states by exploring the interactive maps below, or by downloading our state reports.
Western States Recreation Reports
Results are based on geospatial analyses conducted by the Outdoor Alliance in 20017. Recreation acreage represents a 1/4-mile safeguard around hiking, mountain biking and skiing trails, paddling reaches, and rock climbing areas. National public land was tabulated from the U.S. Geological Survey, Protected Areas Database of the United States. Human-powered recreation datasets were provided by Adventure Projects, American Whitewater, Trailforks, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and OpenStreetMap. State economic data were cited from the Outdoor Industry Association’s 2017 study, “The Outdoor Recreation Economy.”