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Thrifty campers flocking to Rocky Mountain National park

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colorado – Visitor numbers at Rocky Mountain National Park were up 23 percent in May compared with a year earlier, and the economy may be a factor.

Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson calls the park “a backyard wilderness” to the populous Front Range. Denver is just 50 miles to the southeast.

Many travelers are watching their wallets.

The Rocky Mountain Nature Association, which operates stores inside park visitor centers, says items that cost less than $20 are selling better than normal.

Suzy Blackhurst of the Estes Park Convention and Visitors Bureau says campgrounds are full while motels and cabins have vacancies.

Patterson says campers are staying twice as many nights as usual.

June visitor numbers aren’t in yet.

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