ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – People headed to higher elevation for the holiday weekend can expect some company… lots of it. Rocky Mountain National Park in particular could be a little more crowded than some remember.

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In the past seven years, visits have increased 42 percent.

Last year, the park was the third most visited national park in the country with more than 4.5 million visitors.

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Officials say the popularity means expect congested road and trails. They urge visitors to plan ahead, hike early or late in the day.

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They also encourage you to use the park shuttle.

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