Letter: No to park status for Colorado National Monument | PostIndependent.com

Letter: No to park status for Colorado National Monument

I moved here 12 years ago from Estes Park, the gateway town to Rocky Mountain National Park.

A primary reason for my move was to live in a well-rounded and diverse community. As beautiful as Rocky and Estes Park are, in summer the area becomes difficult to live normally in.

No tee time, no dinner reservation, no parking space at your favorite trailhead or business, no shops on Main Street with anything other than tourist “kitsch.” Crowds, traffic jams … essentially the loss of the use of the park, and in Estes, the use of the town.

Is there enough business here? Is growth always desirable? Do we want to enjoy our beautiful area or be pushed aside by touring hordes? Think of our fragile desert ecosystems being trampled by millions of people. Let’s not fix what is not broken.

Merilee Shields

Grand Junction, Colo.

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