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Rocky Mountain National Park nixes timed reservation system

Emerald Lake in RMNP
Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 10:32:39-05

DENVER (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park is discontinuing a timed-entry reservation system that was put in place to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Denver Post reports the reservation system last year limited vehicle entries to 60% of the park’s maximum parking lot capacity.

This year, park officials say they will continue restrictions when necessary and could introduce other pilot programs to manage congestion and crowding.

Park officials have repeatedly said they will not establish a permanent reservation system without getting public opinion first, but they have have been wrestling with crowding for years.

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