DENVER (KDVR) — Wildfire smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest will make its way to Colorado Friday, creating problematic conditions for sensitive groups.
Park managers say this may decrease the crowds at state parks, which is helpful for the environment since they are seeing a record number of visitors.
Cherry Creek State Park had approximately 186,000 visitors in July 2019, and in July 2022 that number jumped to about 424,000 visitors.
This increase means park managers are seeing more trash, overuse of campsites and picnic areas, and grass disappearing.
Barr Lake State Park Manager Michelle Seubert said, “We like to say that our parks sometimes are over-loved, and we have to make sure…
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