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The annual Rocky Mountain State Games, featuring amateur athletes of every age and skill level, kicks into high gear July 20 with basketball competitions at Cheyenne Mountain and Manitou Springs high schools. The first weekend includes eight sports and jump starts the first half of the annual Games. The event, which runs over two weekends,… Continue Reading 7,000 athletes to descend on Springs for State Games

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Woodland Park businesses are trying to get the word out that the town is open for business. Highway 24 reopened Saturday afternoon and traffic seems to be returning to normal levels, said Debbie Miller, president of the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce. “The closing of Highway 24 certainly affected our tourism business,” she said.… Continue Reading Woodland Park attempts to draw tourists back to town

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Tourism planning proactive response

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As thick smoke filled the air over Colorado Springs and other Colorado towns, a dark cloud of a different type ascended on the local and statewide tourism industry. Continue Reading Tourism planning proactive response

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Manitou cash mob canceled

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A mob of 800 people who planned to descend on Manitou Springs today to patronize businesses changed plans after the dramatic turn the Waldo Canyon Fire made Tuesday night. “Due to the sudden developments in Colorado Springs, resulting in the loss of homes and property, this event is canceled,” organizer Bob Falcone wrote on the… Continue Reading Manitou cash mob canceled

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The Waldo Canyon fire has forced 10 of Colorado Springs most popular attractions to close today – bad news for the local tourism industry. Continue Reading Tourism industry catching heat from Waldo Canyon fire

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Tourism in Fremont County, and in much of the state, took an economic hit after the Iron Mountain Fire moved fast and furious in the Copper Gulch area after igniting on June 2, 2002.   The fire ultimately covered 4,439 acres in five days and left 106 structures in ashes. Less than a week later,… Continue Reading Tourism back after Iron Mountain Fire, Hayman Fire

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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb organizers are expecting a record turnout for this year’s  race, which will take place July 8. Advance tickets for the race are selling at a record pace, said organizers of the 2012 Hill Climb. This year, fans also can buy round-trip bus tickets to avoid congestion at the tollgate on… Continue Reading Advance tickets on sale for Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo had record-breaking visitor numbers during its 2011/2012 season, which equaled record donations to the zoo’s conservation program. Zoo officials said that from May 2011 to April this year, 607,000 people visited the zoo – about 33,000 more than the previous year. A large portion of the increase can be attributed to record spring… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo hits record attendance with 607,000 visitors

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They don’t call Wicket a hippo for nothing. It took a crane to lift the 42-year, 3000-pound Nile hippopotamus into her new home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where she is expected to wallow by day and graze by night. She’ll eat 65 pounds of hay and fruit a day. She joins Cheyenne Mountain Zoo… Continue Reading Cheyenne Mountain Zoo has a third hippo for visitors to see

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More people in the mountain states are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend than last year. An estimated 2.7 million will load up the car and take off for a long weekend. They won’t go too far. They are expected to travel shorter distances – about 677 miles compared to last year’s Memorial Day… Continue Reading Mountain states expect 2.7 million travelers this weekend

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