Estes Park Outdoor Gear/Apparel/Recreation
This cluster is rooted directly in the Estes Valley’s largest existing industry, destination tourism, but focuses on niche sectors that include more year-round services and products. These will provide more full-time, annual job opportunities for local workers, including spouses that will help families remain in the Estes Valley. Among the target industries, Outdoor Gear/Apparel/Recreation, Destination Athletic Training, and Craft Goods have the largest presence of existing businesses in the Estes Valley.
Northern Colorado is becoming a growing hub for advanced manufacturing, and many of the materials used in outdoor gear and apparel require advanced manufacturing.
Earlier this year, Outdoor Retailer, the host of the nation’s biannual outdoor recreation trade show, made headlines when it announced it was leaving Utah—its home for more than 20 years.1 The organizers said that they could no longer patronize a state with such vehement anti-public lands policy and rhetoric.2 On the heels of this announcement, other Western states clamored to become the new home for the show, which is estimated to have pumped $45 million into Utah’s economy every year.
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Outdoor Recreation & Products businesses well-suited to the Estes Valley include:
- Destination Athletic Training
- Outdoor Gear Design, Testing, and Manufacturing
- Winter & Indoor Sports
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