Rocky Mountain National Park had a Rough Year in 2013
In September, the area was hit by what was called “The 100-year Flood.” The main highways to the park were so severely damaged that they were completely closed for two weeks. For months, roads had spots that merged down to one lane which meant traffic jams for visitors trying to get to the park.
Then came the government shutdown. Colorado knew the federal government’s abandonment of the park would hurt the surrounding communities even more. The state spent over $40,000 a day to reopen the national park and help the surrounding area recover during its most-popular season – autumn. Yet, Rocky Mountain National Park lost some of its biggest weeks.
Record Numbers of Park Visitors in 2014
Visitors who were forced to stay away in 2013 came to the park the following year. 3.4 million in all. A record number of visitors came on Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July week, Labor Day weekend, and the elk rutting season that runs from mid September to mid October.
Visitation for the elk rut was almost three-times that of 2012, the latest uninterrupted year (843,345 compared to 319,742).
Do You Plan to Visit Rocky Mountain National Park in 2015?
Our advice is to book early. The park is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year and it’s drawing a lot of attention from travelers. The grand park is back and we don’t want you to miss it.
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