GOLDEN, Colo. (KDVR) — After a surge in 2020, the group that monitors traffic on Colorado’s highest peaks noticed fewer people hit those trails in 2021.
The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative is a nonprofit that works to preserve mountain trails that lead to Colorado’s highest peaks, specifically those above 14,000 feet. It also tracks the use and popularity of trails while educating the public on why it’s important to maintain the ecosystems and environments of these mountains.
Its latest report estimates that 303,000 people hiked Colorado’s 14ers in 2021, representing a 27% decrease from the year before.
Parking restrictions and other access issues played a big role, with the Mosquito Range seeing a 65%…
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