Quality outdoor recreation is an essential part of the Chaffee County lifestyle as well as a key economic driver. The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area generated nearly $70 million in economic impact in 2019, and about 100,000 hikers summit local Fourteeners every summer, according to counts by the Coloado Fourteeners Initiative.

While our outdoor recreation industry is growing and that’s good for the economy, the community has recognized recreation as a consumptive use that can cause negative impacts to the health of the land.

Chaffee Common Ground funds planning and management solutions developed by the community, through Chaffee Recreation Council leadership and the Envision Recreation in Balance Program. This work engages outdoor enthusiasts to develop a plan that includes citizen-driven impact monitoring and community-supported solutions, so that Chaffee County continues to have quality recreation that supports our tourism economy with healthy forests and waters into the future.

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