Weather affects Colorado Springs tourism

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs is known for having far more sun than rain in any given year, but this season, we’ve seen record rainfall.

May is on record as the wettest ever for Colorado Springs, while this June was the fifth-wettest we’ve ever seen. So far, there has been at least a trace amount of rain every single day in July.

So how is this impacting the tourist season? Whether it’s the Garden of the Gods or Pikes Peak, folks come to Colorado Springs to enjoy the outdoors. But when the weather looks like this, it may cause them to check out other attractions the city has to offer.

“In May, Colorado Springs saw a lot of rain and our numbers at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo were down a little bit–about 11,000 people down compared to May of 2014. But in June of this year, the sun came back out and so did our guests,” Erica Meyer, Public Relations Manager at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, said. “We had about 98,000 people visit the zoo in June of this year.”

The Visitors Bureau said they don’t have the total tourism numbers yet, but the beginning of the year is looking solid.

“We’re really optimistic about this year’s tourism season and we have the numbers through April and year to date we are up about 14.46 percent, which is fantastic,” Chelsy Offutt, Director of Communications at the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

“We think that a lot of people came out and visited the zoo in June because the first week in June we opened up a brand new newly renovated Australia exhibit and we’re getting fantastic feedback from guests,” said Meyer.

“We’re so fortunate as a destination to have so many things to do and talk about,” Offutt said. “A lot of our area attractions are year round destinations.”

The Springs has indoor ones too, like the new Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Fine Arts Center.

“Georgia O’Keeffe is a huge gift for us and it’s not just the Fine Arts Center but they’ve partnered with the city to the entire year of O’Keeffe and that’s a huge draw,” Offutt said. “We’re only one of four domestic cities to receive those works of art.”

For more information on both indoor and outdoor activities around town, head to www.VisitCOS.com.

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