Tourism and leisure

State’s resort town visitations slowing, spending soaring

DENVER – Visits to Colorado resort towns may be slowing, but spending is not. Sales-tax collections in Colorado resort towns notched another record this summer, marking five consecutive years of...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos welcomes visitors from its French sister city

Dozens of Mancos residents gathered at Mount Lookout Grange on Labor Day to welcome a group of tourists from their sister city in France. Several Mancos residents have spent months preparing for...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump slump: Uneasy foreigners may spend travel budgets elsewhere

Tourism is an important economic force in Southwest Colorado, and its success depends on multiple factors: weather, wildfires, gas prices, airfares, news coverage, terror threats, violence against...

DATE: June 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

Cortez’s Welcome Center manager resigns after pot ad ban

Noel Cooley has resigned as manager of the Cortez Colorado Welcome Center, a month after banning marijuana advertising from brochures at the state-funded center, city officials confirmed...

DATE: June 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dynamics of pot make it unlikely fodder for marketing

By Bob Kunkel In 2012, Coloradoans voted 55 percent to 45 percent to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana. From that day, we began the dubious process of trying to build a bridge and...

DATE: March 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Miscellaneous Columns

Purgatory employee and longtime skier shares good vibes

Greg Ralph would have become a surfer had surfers been a little nicer. “Surfers aren’t the friendliest, most encouraging people toward beginners,” said Ralph, who grew up in Southern California....

DATE: Feb. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort names general manager

Colin McBeath will take over as the general manager of Purgatory Resort this month, the company announced Thursday. McBeath was most recently the general manager at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel and...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Durango-Los Angeles flight to return next summer

American Airlines will offer direct flights again next summer from Durango to Los Angeles. Flights will run every Saturday beginning June 3 through Aug. 19, similar to what was provided this summer...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Mesa Verde tourism jumps 8.5 percent in a year

Mesa Verde National Park’s visitation has increased 8.55 percent, said spokeswoman Cristy Brown. According to Brown, 232,518 people visited the park this year, compared with 214,199 who visited at...

DATE: July 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Scenic highways help Colorado make Top 10 list

Colorado prides itself on being a great destination for visitors year-round. A WalletHub review of the best states for summer road trips confirms that, putting the Rocky Mountain High State at No....

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Living

Utah enjoys record season for ski visitors

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah ski resorts recorded a 10-year high for visitors this past season, likely fueled by good early-winter snow and buzz created by Vail Resort’s merging of two ski areas into one...

DATE: June 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado Supreme Court: Ski resorts not liable for avalanches

DENVER – The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that avalanches are among the “inherent dangers of skiing” so ski resorts can’t be held liable for people killed by slides within their boundaries....

DATE: June 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: More Sports