Warm fall bolsters Rocky Mountain National Park visitation | SkyHiNews.com

Warm fall bolsters Rocky Mountain National Park visitation

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) – The number of visitors at Rocky Mountain National Park is on pace to break 3 million for the first time since 2003.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson attributes the numbers to warm, mild weather this fall.

The Coloradoan in Fort Collins reports that visitation in October jumped 42 percent from the same period the previous year. Through October, 2.98 million visitors were recorded for a 4.1 percent increase from last year.

The busiest day of the year was Sept. 25 when the National Park Service dropped the weekly $20 entrance fee.

The visitation numbers for November aren’t available, but Patterson says entrance fee revenue through Monday was up 11 percent over the same period last year.

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