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Rocky Mountain National Park is making a comeback after the one-two 2020 punch of COVID, East Troublesome fire

The same few months of 2020 that Colorado crown jewel Rocky Mountain National Park was suffering its worst losses from COVID closures, the whole place also nearly burned down.  Now, things are looking up in the original Switzerland of the West.   The park’s in-house firefighting crew, which said they’d been prepping for a sparkfest like […]

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Colorado tourism businesses rebound in 2021, but recovery is uneven between mountains, Front Range

The Colorado tourism industry is bouncing back from the pandemic, but the recovery is not evenly distributed across the state.  Front Range urban destinations have yet to see traffic return to 2019 levels while Western Slope mountain communities are setting all-time records. The Colorado Tourism Office’s survey of 2021 visitors by research groups Longwoods International […]

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Colorado’s mountain resorts cut back their summer offerings as labor crisis persists

Vail Resorts announced its summer plans at its major resorts last week and one thing was conspicuously absent. Ziplining and canopy tours, once the foundation of an industry-wide expansion of summer amenities, have been dropped from the resort operator’s offerings at Vail and Breckenridge, apparently a victim of the labor crisis strangling ski areas.  Company […]