Economic and ecological impacts associated with recreation on Colorado fourteeners
Research has shown that Colorado's 14ers (peaks reaching over 14,000 feet) are extremely popular hiking destinations, with estimates of over 500,000 people visiting the peaks each year. This study simultaneously explores the economic benefits that occur from the seasonal influx of visitors, and the associated costs to the environmental stability of these sensitive alpine areas. Through considering economic and environmental impacts together, this study creates a protocol to assess the environmental impacts on high recreation activity alpine areas such as 14ers. The study site is Quandary Peak, ...
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