Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Tourism enjoyed another great year in the Pikes Peak Region. According to the city of Colorado Springs, as of Dec 18, over 487,000 visitors took the 19-mile drive up the Pikes Peak Highway to the summit, and this broke the previous record of almost 483,000 people last year.
The city said that this is the third consecutive year Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain broke the attendance record. “It is exciting for both Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and the region since the majority of our visitors are from out-of-state,” said Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain Manager Jack Glavan. “It reflects the large impact of tourism to the region’s economy and is especially important as we prepare to construct a new Pikes Peak Summit Complex in the near future.”
Pikes Peak isn’t the only thing that is promoting tourism success over the past year; an estimated four million visitors were at the Garden of the Gods Park. Attendance at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center went up by the thousands from last year.
Sports and recreational events had a significant turnout this year with high level of attendance. Colorado Springs said that the 41st annual Labor Day Lift Off event had a record number of 165,000 spectators over the three-day weekend.
Sporting event organizer, The Sports Corp, said that more than 250,000 people attended events like the Colorado Classic, Rocky Mountain State Games, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Pikes Peak Airstrip Attack, which provided a boost in the region’s economy.
The Olympic City said that 2018 could be another strong year in tourism, with special events like ‘The PyeongChang Downtown Celebration’ and more.