June 17, 2024

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Opinion: Rocky Mountain National Park is a role model for managing access in crowded parks

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As the former superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park, I was fortunate to witness its transformation over the past eight years. From its stunning mountain vistas to magnificent wildlife, the park is an iconic gem of the Rockies. It’s an important place for wilderness and resource protection that also holds a special place in the hearts of visitors and locals alike.  

  Rocky Mountain is one of the busiest parks in the national park system, experiencing a 42% increase in visitors over the last decade; the park’s less than 3 million visitors in 2010 grew to 4.6 million in 2019.  From a visitor and park management perspective, it became very clear that this burgeoning visitation was unsustainable for the visitors, park resources, staff and infrastructure. With the…

Darla Sidles

2024-06-11 01:30:00

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