Great Outdoors Consultants

Creating Pathways to Adventure…

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Outdoors Recreation Specialists: Cartography, Inventory, Analysis, Planning, & Design

Great Outdoors Consultants’ (GOC) team are specialists in planning and design for all types of outdoor nature-based recreation. We’re committed to finding exceptional outdoor recreation solutions! GOC works as an integral member of our client’s project team to find successful solutions. We have experience working throughout the United States and internationally for a diverse group of clients. We’re specialists in map design and helping people enjoy the outdoors, improve their health, and embrace stewardship of the natural world. Please give us a call to discuss your project and a strategy to make it successful!

Our Mission & Approach

GOC believes in meeting or exceeding the desired outdoor recreation experience leads to both enjoyment, safety and sustainability. We approach planning and map design to be sensitive to natural and cultural resources as well as the landscape.

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“Great Outdoors Maps sets the standard for accurate, easy to use and helpful guides for all forms of outdoor recreation.  Whether printed on water/tear proof paper or in electronic form on a smartphone, GO maps help to ensure a safer, more rewarding and enjoyable public land experience.” 

– Trails Preservation Alliance

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Custom Cartography

We design custom maps for print, interactive online, and GPS smartphones. The cartography we create brings exceptional public and conservation value. In addition, it will enhance safety and enable virtual exploration of your region to find recreational, natural and historic resources. Our maps are used daily by the public and our adventure customers to enjoy their experience, stay on designated routes, and respect private property owners.

Interactive Story Maps

GOC offers custom built interactive story maps that are aware of location. Enjoy virtual exploration of a region that is specific to a type of recreation and learn cultural facts. Discover a wide range of adventure opportunities available in the region. Story maps use rich multimedia content and thorough descriptions to easily navigate.
Story maps have an introduction to the area then separate tabs for the type of recreation and cultural information. Each activity has a custom built map that allows adventurers to properly plan for the activity and get the most out of their exploration.

Recreation Inventory

GOC provides thorough inventory services for recreation in the United States. We’ve worked with several federal and state agencies to accurately document the recreation and cultural resources available in the area. Our inventory specialists use state-of-the-art GPS equipment, high resolution geolocated cameras, as well as high frame rate and location aware video equipment to capture large areas. We aim to minimize impact on natural resources by using motorcycles to efficiently transport equipment to remote locations.

30 Years of Outdoor Recreation Planning Experience including:

  • GPS and GIS inventory of existing resources and uses
  • Analysis of current or potential recreational and other uses
  • Analysis of rare and sensitive resources to understand recreation constraints
  • Innovative and independent public involvement to understand issues and opportunities
  • Development of management plans including guiding statements, goals and objectives, management zoning, design and management standards, as well as implementation strategies
  • Master planning to define land use, conservation, development, recreation, aesthetics, vehicular and pedestrian circulation
  • NEPA and similar analysis of alternatives
  • Design and engineering of trails, parking areas, trailheads, campgrounds and other facilities including construction documents
  • Analysis of current programs and facilities to understand strengths and weaknesses
  • Opinion surveys to understand interest and need
  • Stakeholder involvement to develop alternative concepts
  • Interpretation planning to define educational objectives and facilities
  • Master planning to define land use, conservation, development, recreation, aesthetics, vehicular and pedestrian circulation
  • Development of high quality graphic publications to communicate vision, objectives and design
  • Trail & road inventory and analysis using GPS, photography and video. Work from basecamps using licensed dirt bikes (for motorized trails) to maximize efficiency
  • Planning, design and engineering of trails for ATVs, dirt bikes, side-by-sides, jeeps, hiking, bicycling, mountain biking, and equestrian
  • Site selection, design and engineering for trailheads, parking areas, campgrounds, interpretive facilities, administrative facilities
  • Development of construction documents and cost estimates
  • US and international experience in planning and design
  • Inventory and analysis of existing uses, development and resources to define opportunities and constraints
  • Significant experience in cultural competency and multilingual skills to work harmoniously with rural communities in the US and other countries (especially Latin America)
  • Development of alternative concepts to explore a diversity of options
  • Thoughtful management of public and stakeholder involvement for a productive collaborative
  • Work with local communities to improve local economy while defining realistic solution

OUR CLIENTS

  • US Forest Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • National Park Service
  • US Bureau of Reclamation
  • North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department
  • California State Parks
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • New Mexico Game & Fish
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Department of Greenways and Trails
  • University of Florida
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • City of Fort Collins, Colorado
  • City of Woodland Park, Colorado
  • City of Estes Park, Colorado
  • City of Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • Estes Valley Recreation and Park District, Colorado
  • Town of Berthoud, Colorado
  • Town of Parker, Colorado
  • Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Authority, Nevada
  • Rio Blanco County, Colorado
  • Larimer County, Colorado
  • Clark County, Nevada
  • National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council
  • Camp Jorn YMCA, Wisconsin
  • Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Association
  • Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee, Colorado
  • Trails Preservation Alliance
  • Colorado Motorcycle Trail Riders Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, Montana
  • Stay the Trail – Colorado
  • ARAMARK Inc.
  • Municipality of Pucon, Chile
  • Wildlife Conservation Society
  • World Bank
  • United States Peace Corps
  • And you!

30 Years of Outdoor Recreation Planning Experience including:

MORE ABOUT US

Great Outdoors Adventures (GOA) is a family run business that was sparked by a passion for recreation and creating memorable experiences for guests in the great outdoors. The business owners have shared a life of many adventures together and are thrilled to provide 5 star rated adventures with travelers and locals alike. The trailhead personnel are accomplished at keeping guests safe and providing top-notch guided tours. Last, but not least, they have a world class greeter of Portuguese descent. That would be Fisher the family mascot. All of GOA’s team have the shared goal to make a memorable and positive impact on guest’s adventures.

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BRIEF HISTORY

Established in 2018.

We’re experts in providing safe and memorable tours in the Pikes Peak region with over 25 years of outdoor recreation experience. Since 2018 we’ve been providing exceptional experiences for customers who have consistently rated Great Outdoors Adventures with 5-stars! We’ve witnessed many beautiful life-celebrating events such as proposals, last life adventures, honeymoons, anniversaries, birthdays, and so many more! It brings us so much joy to be able to share these experiences with our guests in nature. We can’t wait to help plan your memorable adventure!

5★

Consistent 5-star customer rating

25

Years of outdoor recreation experience

200+

Events witnessed & catered

GOA CARES

MAY WE ALWAYS CELEBRATE EARTH

Request a trash bag and pick up any litter found. One bag for landfill and one bag for recycling.

 

Thank you so much for making a difference!

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