Colorado’s raging wildfires have scared away many out-of-state tourists. Now local businesses are struggling.
Several large wildfires across the West have placed some tourist destinations from Montana to New Mexico in danger just at the height of midsummer family road-trip season, putting cherished Western landscapes at risk along with hordes of vacationers.
Tourism experts believe there won’t be fewer people visiting Colorado because of the High Park Fire.
Tourism in Fremont County, and in much of the state, took an economic hit after the Iron Mountain Fire moved fast and furious in the Copper Gulch area after igniting on June 2, 2002.
Despite a loud outcry from residents, Breckenridge has decided to move forward with a professional rodeo series this summer. The move is expected to boost tourism.
Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoes a tourism bill because he believes it would decrease competition.
New Mexico this year is celebrating 100 years of statehood, but many people still confuse the Land of Enchantment with its south of the border neighbor. And some who do know the state think it’s nothing but a boring desert wasteland they would only visit on the way to Arizona or Colorado.
With skiers staying away from Colorado resorts in droves this year, the Colorado Tourism Office took a largely unprecedented step Sunday and ran a full-page ad in the New York Times proclaiming that snow had arrived in the state.
A new report estimates a record 55.1 million people visited Colorado last year, representing a 6.1 percent increase from 2009.
The small town of Saguache is like many Colorado mountain towns, built by the gold and silver booms in the late 1800s. At the time it was mainly a supply depot for the mining towns of Bonanza and Crestone.