NM’s outdoor recreation is thriving
4 Mar 2020
Outdoor recreation, ranging from skiing to golfing, contributes $2.3 billion annually to New Mexico’s economy, according to a recent study commissioned by the state’s new Outdoor Recreation Division.
Conducted by the Montana-based research firm Headwaters Economics, the study notes that outdoor recreation grew more quickly than the rest of New Mexico’s economy as the state was recovering from the effects of the Great Recession. The industry now directly supports 33,500 jobs in the state and $1.2 billion in income, per the report.
“Outdoor recreation is big and it’s growing fast in the state,” said Megan Lawson, the author of the research.