Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation in Boulder

Recognized as an international destination for active lifestyles and outdoor recreation, Boulder is home to a high concentration of businesses involved in the outdoor recreation industry including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and service providers.

Boulder area companies in the Outdoor Recreation industry include:

  • American Recreation Products (Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack)
  • Backcountry Access
  • Backpacker’s Pantry
  • Brunton Outdoor Group
  • 37.5/Cocona
  • Crescent Moon Snow Shoes
  • Eco Vessel
  • HEAD Winter Sports
  • La Sportiva
  • Newton Running
  • Polar Bottle
  • Salewa & Dynafit
  • Scarpa
  • Sea to Summit
  • Sherpani
  • Skirt Sports
  • Spyder Active Sports
  • Wallaroo Hat
  • Zeal Optics

Based in Boulder, the Outdoor Industry Association is the leading trade association and voice of the $646 billion outdoor recreation industry in the United States, serving more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers in the active outdoor lifestyle.

Advantages for Outdoor Recreation

Boulder offers many local advantages that make it a top location for outdoor recreation, including:

Access to world-class athletes.

Boulder’s ideal weather, breathtaking natural environment, facilities, and health-conscious culture help make it an athlete’s dream town.

Being part of the Boulder brand.

As a center of the outdoor recreation industry, Boulder provides brand recognition and legitimacy for outdoor recreation products.

Abundance of outdoor recreational amenities to attract and retain talent.

Boulder’s beautiful setting, outdoor recreational amenities and emphasis on active, healthy living combine to rank it consistently among the healthiest places in the United States. Employees working in the outdoor recreation industry can benefit from living the lifestyle many of the products promote. And companies can retain a healthy, skilled and productive workforce.

Strong entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystem.

Boulder ranks as one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the United States with talented individuals driving innovation in all industries, including outdoor recreation.

Access to support and service companies in Boulder.

Natural products partners within the Boulder community support the advancement of the industry.

Outdoor Recreation in Colorado

With an emphasis on health and wellness, the outdoor recreation industry is growing in Colorado. The industry generates:

  • 7,400 companies
  • 165,600 employees
  • $25.6 bn in annual sales

Source: Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

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