The SCORP was developed by analyzing data and gathering research from a multitude of public and private sources, including surveys of public preferences and local government perspectives. Information from the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) conducted by the U.S. Forest Service was also examined. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) was another analytical and visual tool incorporated into the process. Additional research and links to partners are also provided in the Additional Resources section.
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Maps and GIS Analysis
GIS is a useful tool to help analyze complex data and display information in a visual format. Maps provided in this section depict some of the influences impacting the demand for and supply of outdoor recreation in Colorado as well as the recreation amenities unique to each of Colorado's six SCORP regions.
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Regional Recreation and Tourism Attractions Maps
Colorado Demographic Maps (by County)
Additional Statewide Maps
Colorado Public Survey
Colorado Parks and Wildlife contracted the Business Research Division at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado to assess the outdoor recreational activities and preferences of 300 Colorado residents.
View the results of this survey by downloading the final Public Survey Report.
Local Government Survey: Assessing Needs and Issues Across Colorado
In mid-June, a comprehensive survey targeting over 650 local governments was launched to gather information for the SCORP. The survey assessed the issues and needs of municipalities, counties, special districts, recreation districts, and open space agencies which will help establish priorities for the distribution of future LWCF grants. It also inventoried the facilities and resources managed by these agencies. Download the Local Government Survey Summary or the results by region. Responses to open-ended questions about managers' most pressing issues and needs are also available.
Visitor safety and protection, maintenance of existing infrastructure, and the ability to offer youth programs are the most significant issues challenging local governments managing outdoor recreation resources. Trails, playgrounds, and picnic sites top the list for investment needs. Learn more about the opportunities local governments provide, how the needs and issues compare to the 2003 survey, and the priorities for each region by downloading the full summary above.
National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE)
The NSRE is an ongoing survey organized by the United States Forest Service (USFS) established in 1960 to track the outdoor recreation activities and preferences of people 16-years of age and older.
Between 2002-2006, over 1,300 Colorado residents were surveyed. Results revealed that "walking for pleasure" is the most popular outdoor recreation pastime among residents. Over half of residents enjoy "viewing or photographing natural scenery" and over one-third of people fish.
More results, including a comparison to the rest of the nation and the Rocky Mountain Region, are available in the NSRE Report for Colorado.
Portions of the report are downloadable by chapter: