14ers Adding to Colorado Economy

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Boulder, Colo. (AP) New research says climbers of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado may be pumping a couple of hundred dollars into the state economy with each trip -- and most would pay more.

Colorado State University economics professor Catherine Keske and her colleague John Loomis found that the median amount a climber spends on a trip is $221. Of that, $191 is spent within 25 miles of the peak, on things like hotels or food.

The study asked how much more climbers would pay if prices increased for items like gas or food. The median was $168.

The Colorado Fourteeners initiative estimates more than 500,000 people attempt to climb a fourteener in Colorado each year.

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