Memorial Day: When Mountain Towns Are Under Siege
For the first time since 2005, it appears that the idea of taking a "staycation"---relaxing at home with a barbecue and slab of good meat---is starting to get old. Nationwide, five percent more Americans are expected to travel over the Memorial Day weekend. Many travelers will wind up in colorful Colorado's mountain areas, according to Boulder's Daily Camera. In fact, travel in the mountain region, including Colorado, will likely increase significantly this year, according to AAA. Managers of private campgrounds and public lands, including Rocky Mountain National Park, expect to meet and even exceed last year's visitation numbers, reports the Loveland Connection. But while people are traveling more, the Camera reports that they're expected to spend less on a trip---an average of $993, which is cheaper than last year, when people spent an average of $1,127. Expect loads of traffic along I-70 at the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnels, reports 9News. Meanwhile, Colorado National Monument is struggling to deal with the flow of bicyclists, up 31 percent between 2008 and 2009, according to The Associated Press, leading to concerns about road safety.
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