2023 Outdoor Participation Trends Report

Our Annual Report Analyzing the Who, How, and Where in Outdoor Participation

Outdoor Industry Association

Access Our 2023 Participation Trends Report

For over 15 years, the Outdoor Participation Trends Report has served as the most trusted and comprehensive source of insights and narratives around who’s doing what, when, and how outdoors. In our 2023 report, we celebrate increases in the overall outdoor participation base while digging deeper into the numbers to understand which activities engage outdoor participants and what demographics are represented.

Our report unveils some key insights, including the following:

  • The outdoor recreation participant base grew 2.3 percent in 2022 to a record 168.1 million participants or 55 percent of the U.S. population ages six and older.
  • Although 2022 outdoor recreation included record numbers of participants and record-high participation rates, the number of outings per participant declined in 2022 for the first time since the pandemic began in 2020.
  • The new outdoor recreation participant base became more diverse in 2022 including increases in participation among Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQIA+ people.   
  • Eighty percent of outdoor activity categories experienced participation growth in 2022, including large categories like camping and fishing and smaller categories like sport climbing and skateboarding.

As a member-led collective serving as the outdoor industry’s catalyst for meaningful change, it is our paramount objective to equip our members with the insights, resources, and tools they need to successfully lead our industry.

Together we are catalysts for insights.

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As a benefit of their membership, OIA members have access to the full report. Not an OIA member? Complete the form to get the executive summary with key data points and insights.