Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks saw 311,000 hiker days in 2016, according to trailside counters. A hiker day is one hiker on one trail one day.
2016 saw 50,000 more hiker days than 2015 marking a 16% increase in 14er trail use. These numbers have to be taken with a grain of salt since the Colorado Fourteener Initiative doubled the number of trailside counters they positioned on the trails that led to the CO 14ers.
The Colorado Fourteener Initiative placed 20 infrared counters on trails leading to 23 fourteeners in 2016. In 2014 they only had 5 and in 2015 they had 10.
BUSIEST 14ERS IN COLORADO:
The Colorado Fourteener Initiative is reporting that based on a Colorado State University economists, hiking Colorado’s fourteeners brought $84.3 million to Colorado.
The Colorado Fourteener Initiative ran its use numbers through an economic model to find that hiking fourteeners delivered an economic impact of $84.3 million to the state, based on studies by Colorado State University economists.
8 people have died on Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks this year – 2017.