tourism

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

An army of teen employees is helping fight a Colorado tourist town’s worker shortage

About 75% of the freshman class is at work this summer, and still, shops and restaurants close early or open late due to affordable-housing sparked worker shortage

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Record spending, flat visitation suggest Colorado’s campaign for sustainable tourism is paying off

Surveys show Colorado is persuading spendthrift visitors to venture beyond the beaten tracks

Crime and Courts Primary category in which blog post is published

“Maybe it was bad luck,” tourist train owner says of massive fire near Durango that led to $25 million lawsuit

Federal prosecutors chase Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad chief for damages related to the 53,000-acre 416 Fire. He says he’s been focused on fire prevention since 2002

Coloradans Primary category in which blog post is published

“Welcome to Colorful Colorado,” but please take your selfie — safely — with one of these replica signs

A million travelers stop at welcome centers each year and too many of them risk life and limb getting photos taken near the iconic signs at the border

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Trouble in Dinosaur: Cop fired, town hall searched as border town reckons with new pot money, old problems

Dinosaur used to limp along on $2,700 a month in sales tax revenues. Cannabis has changed that, for better or worse.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Ouray’s iconic ice park has a plan for its future that could be a blueprint for other troubled Western wonders

Ouray Ice Park to remain volunteer-managed under new plan after a thorny proposal to shift management to the city. Fees for groups could become a model for pay-to-play in popular recreation areas.

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Rocky Mountain National Park begins tapping recreation fees to pay some workers

Some staff may soon get paid, but ripple effect has contractors unable to get back pay, research on hold and local shops searching for sales alternatives

Politics and Government Primary category in which blog post is published

Voters snap purses shut for statewide tax measures, but are good with taxing tourists and sinners

Some high-country communities OK taxes for schools, open space, but lodging taxes fell in Buena Vista, Cañon City

Business Primary category in which blog post is published

Germany, the capital of beer, looks to Colorado with worry and curiosity as it considers legalizing cannabis

Curious Europeans have reached out to Colorado pot proponents to learn about the state’s experiences.