Debate: Do Mountaintop Tourist Attractions Help or Hurt the Outdoor Community, and the Cause of Conservation?

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If you couldn’t tell from this week’s post, my recent trip up the Pikes Peak Cog Railway left me feeling a little conflicted. It feels like they bring more crowds into pristine places; and many of the people visiting don’t seem to be all that interested anyhow.

But for some: these experiences could be what get them excited about exploring.

My piece posed the question:

Does "Civilizing" the Wild Actually Help the Outdoor Community?

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I think I arrived at an answer that makes sense to me, but I want to know what you think. In your experience, do tourist attractions in these remote places help or hurt the outdoors, and conservation as a whole?

Let’s get a friendly debate going — key word, friendly. I’ll be here checking in throughout the day and am excited to hear your opinions, and reasoning.

If someone you know would like to add their two cents, send this post their way!