Grant to help with deluge of visitors to San Juan Mountains

San Juan County has been awarded more than $250,000 to help address the impacts of increasing outdoor recreation in its backcountry.

Great Outdoors Colorado, which receives money from the state’s lottery, granted San Juan County $260,000 to “advance outdoor recreation, stewardship and land protection” to meet “urgent needs and priorities” in the San Juan Mountains.

“The recreation pressure in this area combined with the demonstrated impacts of unmanaged recreation make

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2021 BWCA visitors will have to learn to ‘leave no trace’ of their visit

Canoe campers permitted to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will be required to get educated on what it means to “leave no trace” after a pandemic-driven surge in visits last season saw everything from people cutting live trees to leaving campfires unattended.

The U.S. Forest Service, which manages the million-acre wilderness, said in a statement Friday that there has been “unacceptably high amount of resource damage,” and visitors

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No walk-in visitors under new Hanauma Bay entry rule

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Generous donation allows Lotusland to welcome 1,000 visitors at half-price

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Thanks to a generous donation, a new program will soon allow nearly 1,000 locals to visit the Lotusland Gardens at half the normal entrance fee.

Board of Trustees Member David Jones and his wife Judie stepped forward to donate $10,000 to Lotusland to offset the cost of full-priced tickets.

Lotusland is using this generous donation to charge only $25 per ticket during three separate discounted days.

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DC reopens some indoors pools, fitness centers for registered visitors

The District opened a select number of Department of Parks and Recreation community centers, recreation centers, and aquatic facilities on Tuesday, October 13. (FULL LIST)

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The reopening provides residents with access to fitness centers and indoor swimming pools.

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Visitors to state parks in New Hampshire encouraged to make reservations online

New Hampshire State Park officials are reminding people who plan to head to a recreation area that reservations should be made online ahead of time.>> Download the FREE WMUR app The state’s reservation system was created in March at the height of the pandemic, it was used during the summer and people have been encouraged to continue using it through the fall months.>> Find the state park recreation reservation systemThe … Read More

Trash, Illegal Parking, More Plague Wissahickon As Visitors Surge

PHILADELPHIA — Wissahickon Valley Park has been seeing more visitors since March as people stay in the Philadelphia area amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But with increased visitors comes increased trash and debris, swimming in prohibited areas, illegal parking, and a lack of social distancing.

With that in mind, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will dispatch social distance ambassadors to Wissahickon Valley Park this weekend to welcome visitors and educate them

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Scottish island asks visitors to stay away ‘for now’

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eigg – Getty

The Scottish island of Eigg has closed all self-catering, hostel and guest house accommodation until August 31 to discourage visitors. 

A majority of locals were in favour of not opening up the island when Scottish tourism resumed on July 15, a vote revealed.

The 110-strong community-owned island in the Inner Hebrides said it has “agonised” over the decision, which was taken to protect vulnerable residents and because

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Scottish hotels lose bookings as Sturgeon threatens to quarantine English visitors

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edinburgh – getty

Scottish hoteliers have complained that a growing number of English guests are calling to cancel their summer bookings amidst ongoing uncertainty over quarantine rules.

Many are abandoning their holiday plans after Nicola Sturgeon refused once again to rule out the possibility that the English, Welsh and Northern Irish will have to self-isolate when visiting Scotland.

The First Minister, speaking on ITV last night, said that forcing travellers

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Summer visitors to American parks choose safety first over freedom to roam

<span class="caption">Utah's Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://unsplash.com/photos/gFtJO8ciK90" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Anqi Lu/Unsplash">Anqi Lu/Unsplash</a>, <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CC BY">CC BY</a></span>
Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park hosted more than 2.5 million visitors in 2019. Anqi Lu/Unsplash, CC BY

In a typical summer, millions of Americans head outdoors to national parks, hiking trails and rivers across the U.S. This summer, because of COVID-19 precautions, getting outdoors will be different, although how different isn’t certain.

My colleagues and I are part of a research team at Pennsylvania State University that studies outdoor recreation

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Rhode Island hotel owners frustrated with lack of guidance regarding out-of-state visitors during coronavirus

NEWPORT, R.I. — Hotel owners and operators say they need a target date from state officials so they can begin booking out-of-state guests who won’t face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, reports the Providence Journal, which is a part of the USA TODAY Network.

“Without a target date, we can’t market and plan,” said Kate DeCosta, chief operating officer for the Newport Experience, which operates the OceanCliff Hotel. “Without a

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