Across the United States, the outdoor recreation sector has seen significant growth since the start of the pandemic. New data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that outdoor recreation will contribute more than $1 trillion in economic output in 2022. The sector has become a significant force in the economy, accounting for 2.2% of the nation’s GDP.
Outdoor enthusiasts have been flocking to less populated areas like Lander, Wyoming, which saw an influx of visitors early in 2020 as people felt restless at home but also wanted to avoid getting sick. Many were attracted by the scenic beauty and outdoor activities available in these areas.
Lander isn’t alone in its experience with increased outdoor recreation due to COVID-19 concerns. Concerns have been raised about the possibility of a government shutdown in these areas, which could have a significant impact on mountain towns like Lander. Despite this potential threat, local economies continue to benefit from the growing popularity of outdoor recreation across the country.