filed under: economics of trails
An analysis on the value of snowmobiling to Utah’s economy, the sociodemographic composition of participants, and more.
It has been nearly two decades since the last study examining the economic impact of snowmobiling in Utah. The most recent work was published in An Economic and Social Assessment of Snowmobiling in Utah by McCoy and her colleagues in 2001. Our analysis sheds new light on the value of snowmobiling to both Utah as a whole, and individual counties throughout the state. In addition to exploring the economic impact of snowmobiling in Utah, this report documents the trip taking behaviors of Utah’s snowmobilers, their sociodemographic composition, and some other basic information about participation in the activity (e.g., whether or not they have taken a snowmobile education course).
Published June 30, 2018
This study builds on previous NRPA research on the economic importance of local park and recreation agencies by exploring the role that quality park amenities play in 21st century regional economic development.
This 1997 paper estimates the value of a relatively new form of recreation: mountain biking. Its popularity has resulted in many documented conflicts, and its value must be estimated so an informed decision regarding trail allocation can be made. A travel cost model (TCM) is used to estimate the economic benefits, measured by consumer surplus, to the users of mountain bike trails near Moab, Utah.
Oakridge provides but one example of a rural community experiencing economic and social decline.
This study identifies the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Iowa.