Tourism is a common topic of conversation in Colorado. Some residents complain about increased crowds, while others embrace the extra money tourists bring into their communities. Before you make up your mind, it’s important to understand the scale of tourism’s economical impact in the Centennial State.

Colorado Springs, Colorado has been a hub for Colorado tourism for years. Closer to nature and less hectic than Denver, many visitors come to this part of the state to experience the Colorado mountains without leaving the conveniences of a large city behind. In fact, 23 million people visited the Pikes Peak region last year. How much did they spend while there? A total of $2.3 billion.

This $2.3 billion breaks down to $6.3 million being spent by tourists to the Pikes Peak region every day of the year. That breaks down further to an average of $100 spent per day per visiting tourist. With an average party size of 3 people (national average is 2.8) coming to the region with each trip and an average stay of 2.8 nights, this means that each trip coming to the Pikes Peak region brings an average of $840 to the local economy.

The Pikes Peak region isn’t the only part of the state that’s booming either. Last year, travel spending increased by 6.5% statewide.

Yes, tourism brings crowds to the trails. However, before you complain, consider the money that tourism brings to the local economy.

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