Who We Are

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance (PPORA) is a collaborative of outdoor businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and individuals who recognize the value of our region’s natural and recreation assets to our community both as an economic driver and for our health and well-being and the strength found in working together. PPORA’s mission is to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration.

Led by a Board and Advisory Council consisting of outdoor industry and community leaders, including founding partners: Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC and Visit Colorado Springs, the organization works to make the Pikes Peak region known as THE place for outdoor recreation.

In the outdoors, we come together with friends and family, make lasting memories and find solitude and contemplation. A growing body of research shows that being outdoors delivers health benefits that are, in many cases, on par with pharmaceutical treatments. When leaders invest in outdoor recreation, research shows that it can reduce crime rates, improve educational outcomes, and lower health care costs—all of which leads to a better community.

Join us as we shape the future of outdoor recreation for the Pikes Peak region.

 
 
 
 

What We Believe

We believe there is strength found in working together as well as value in each component of the outdoor community and economy including outdoor enthusiasts, businesses, nonprofit organizations, land managers, and government entities. Collaboration is at the center of all we do.

We believe the outdoors should be an empowering place inclusive of all people, regardless of differences, including: age, race, ethnicity, gender/gender-identity, sexual orientation, body type, socio-economic status, military or civilian status, geographic location, beliefs or creed, ability, or disability.

We believe in the diversity of outdoor participation including demographics, recreational use, and points of view. We value all modes of outdoor recreation - human-powered, quiet recreation, motorized recreation, etc. - and believe they are equally important with none more valuable than another, though not all suitable in all spaces. We also believe in the diversity of outdoor experiences and in providing a variety of opportunities for the enjoyment, health, and prosperity of the region.

We believe respect is the cornerstone for how we interact with one another and our natural environment. Respect is demonstrated through how we communicate, engage with others, and advocate for our core values. Respect for our natural resources is demonstrated by practicing good outdoor ethics led by Leave No Trace principles.

We believe the outdoors provides both economic value as well as health and wellness value to the region's communities and those who visit. It improves quality of life, attracts businesses, workforce, residency, and tourism. Outdoor recreation has the power to transform communities; therefore, it should be supported through local, state, and federal policies and valued by elected officials and community leaders.


See How We Live Out These Values

We believe in the following Principles for Advancing Outdoor Recreation and Conservation:

 
 
 

Our Mission

To strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration

Our 5 Pillars


GROW

Responsibly grow outdoor recreation in the Pikes Peak region

INSPIRE

Inspire greater participation in outdoor recreation

STRENGTHEN

Strengthen the Pikes Peak region's outdoor recreation industry

 

STEWARD

Support stewardship of our outdoor environments and promote outdoor ethics for responsible recreation

ADVOCATE

Advocate on behalf of the outdoor recreation industry at the local, state and national levels

 

Our Vision


PPORA will establish the Pikes Peak Region as one of the premier destinations to pursue Outdoor Recreation, while helping to attract and recruit appropriate businesses and establish policies and best practices for our industry.