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Timed-entry pass system coming to popular Colorado fourteener amid increase in outdoor recreation

According to the USDA Forest Service, the year of 2020 brought a 200 percent increase in outdoor recreation across Colorado’s northern Front Range, which included a large number of first-time trailgoers and campers.

With so many people headed to Colorado’s natural areas, parking issues, long lines, irresponsible camping, and crowded trails became major pain points for those maintaining the space. As a result, managers of Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, along with Pawnee National Grassland, are looking into new strategies to that will encourage more responsible use. This will most likely mean a number of limitations and changes being put

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Popular trails in Cameron Peak Fire burn scar reopen for recreation

More trails closed by the Cameron Peak Fire reopened Friday after assessment work by U.S Forest Service staff and volunteers.

Trails that reopened Friday include the North Fork, Stormy Peaks, Mummy Pass and Emmaline Lake trails as well as land around Alexander Mountain and the CSU Mountain Campus, the Canyon Lakes Ranger District stated in a news release.

District staff and volunteers from Poudre Wilderness Volunteers and Cameron Peak Nordic Rangers continue to evaluate areas as the snow melts.

More than 120 miles of trails and 350 miles of forest service roads are within the 325-mile perimeter of the fire.

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The most popular and top emerging destinations

Siesta Key beach in Sarasota, Florida.

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Americans are looking to finally get out and about this summer, and interest in well-known and new emerging getaway spots is rising along with temperatures, according to travel companies.

Online travel guidance platform Tripadvisor says 67% of Americans plan to travel from June through August, a 17% jump over spring (March to May). A plurality (43%) plan to drive, although 19% are willing to fly, and beach destinations — particularly in Florida and Mexico — are at the top of traveler wish lists.

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Treehouses trending as popular regional vacation stays

Stunning properties abound within driving distance of the Capital Region. Hotel stays are always an options but Airbnbs are a growing trend for people seeking stays that are immersed in nature, with unique amenities that make the property itself a destination and not necessarily just a place to crash.

Among those are treehouses. They offer a wonderful mix of amenities such as hot tubs and TVs, sprinkled with childhood nostalgia.

Nontraditional accommodations have grown in popularity in the last year. A spokesman for Airbnb said a recent survey shows searches for treehouses increased 80 percent since March 2020, part of

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