Colorado state parks report high visitation rates in 2020

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado state parks have reported a nearly 23% increase in visitors in 2020, with some data from November and December still yet to be logged.

The Gazette reported Friday that the 18.3 million visitors state parks have recorded so far were up from the 14.8 million total in 2019.

The record figure is about 53% higher than the agency’s 2013-14 fiscal year, when 11.9 million visitors were counted at the 41 state parks.

The numbers occurred despite some park closures due to the pandemic and price increases.