Mon October 14, 2013
Government Shutdown

Thousands Visit RMNP After State Pays To Reopen It

Reopening with state dollars after the government shutdown, Rocky Mountain National Park saw about 10,200 visitors this past weekend.

The park reopened Saturday after an agreement was reached between Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Interior Department. The state kicked in $362,700 to reopen RMNP for 10 days.

Park officials did not have information about how these weekend visitation numbers compare with the same time period in 2012.

But Park Public Information Officer Kyle Patterson estimated in a press release that with two major roads under construction (Highways 36 and 34), the numbers will likely be down.

An analysis from the Regional Economics Institute at Colorado State University said a decline in tourism for Estes Park could cause ripple effects across the state.