Outdoor Recreation

Access to trails and outdoor recreation is an important part of local economies, attracting businesses and workers across many sectors and drawing in new residents and visitors. Trails can bring a wide range of benefits to communities, including increased business, higher property values, and improved public health. Our research provides insight into the scope and scale of the outdoor recreation economy and how communities can benefit from trails.


Outdoor Recreation and New Mexico’s Economy

— Outdoor recreation is a way of life and economic powerhouse for New Mexico. New Mexico residents enjoy outdoor recreation on more than 35 million acres of public lands and the outdoor recreation economy directly supports $1.2 billion in income and 33,500 jobs.

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