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H.R. 6492, the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act

The EXPLORE Act is a wide-reaching piece of legislation that will improve the lives of outdoorsmen and women while also expanding access to America's public lands and waters. The legislation will:

  • Improve public land access for sportsmen and women.
  • Modernize technology to improve visitor experiences, like increasing broadband connectivity and creating digital passes.
  • Streamline the permitting process and reduce fees for small businesses that depend on public land access.
  • Protect rock climbing in iconic places and create new long-distance bike trails.
  • Restore campgrounds and modernize infrastructure.
  • Support gateway communities by addressing housing shortages and outdated infrastructure.
  • Improve accessibility for military service members, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and kids.

The legislation is supported by a host of outdoor-oriented organizations, including advocates for hunting, fishing, horseback riding, recreational boating, camping, rock climbing and more.


H.R. 6492, "Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences Act” or the “EXPLORE Act", Introduced by Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) 

Press Releases

Hearings and Markups

    Legislative Hearing on EXPLORE Act
    Markup on H.R. 6492