Estes Park businesses worry national park fee hikes will ripple to local economy

FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - If entrance fees to Rocky Mountain National Park were to triple or more, as currently proposed, the ripples would reverberate beyond its gates — but how those repercussions would be felt is a question Estes Park business advocates are struggling to answer.

"In general, we think that dramatically increasing short-term pass fees will not likely benefit Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, because so much of the revenue is derived from daily and weekly passes," Estes Park Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Jon Nicholas said. "We are uncertain but concerned that the proposal has not been thought out sufficiently."

Nicholas referred to the proposal as an experiment, one where he couldn't speculate on the outcome. But a concern that the fee increase would make people consider other options versus Rocky Mountain National Park — and, perhaps by extension, Estes Park — lingers in the business community there, he said.

Business are trying to predict how it would affect guests and their spending habits, he said. Commercial tour operations in particular are trying to decipher how those proposals would affect their businesses. It would at least quadruple their costs during the peak season.

Read more at the Fort Collins Coloradoan: http://noconow.co/2BjxhOF

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