The Outdoor Retailer Show has chosen Denver as the new home for shows expected to bring tens of millions of dollars into the state.
They used to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, but organizers and supports decided to leave due to the state's efforts to rescind the 2016 designation of Bears Ears National Monument, and the 1996 designation of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, The Denver Post reported.
Starting in January, Denver events will include a snow show, summer market and November retailer show, Gov. John Hickenlooper and Colorado's Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner said in a release.
It was Utah's "extreme anti-public lands stances" that led industry leaders to look for a new home, Conservation Colorado said in a release hailing the choice of Denver.
"This announcement establishes Colorado as the national home of the fast-growing outdoor recreation industry," Conservation Colorado's executive director Pete Maysmith said in a release, noting outdoor recreation adds $28 billion to the state's economy.