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It is no secret the growth Colorado has been going through over the last few years. The growth has caused spikes in rent, home prices, traffic, and tourists.

Tourism is necessary for our economic system here in Colorado. As a native, I am excited to see the vibrant growth that comes with it! I’m happy to see others as excited about our beautiful landscape as I am! Visiting our parks brings awareness to the incredible diversity Colorado holds.

What I do hold issue with is some of the culture changes that have occurred (with reluctance from natives or those who have been here for a long time). I also take issue with those who don’t treat the delicate ecosystems the way they deserve.

This “episode” will go over some general rules to follow if you visit or move to this amazing place.

  1. Don’t litter. This is to keep our environment clean. There is no reason why you can’t hold on to it and put it in a trash can. This not only ruins the enjoyment of being in nature for others, but it also ruins the nature itself!
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    Jon Kelly

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  2. If you’re driving through the mountains- pull over if you see more than 5 (FIVE) people behind you. One would think this would prompt you to pull over anyway because there are plenty of others who want to go faster. Itis a common courtesy and respect for others. If you want to dilly dally- not a problem!! Enjoy your day, just be aware of others who may not want to.
  3. This is an easy lead to our highways; the fast lane is always the PASSING lane. If you are not passing, simply move over the right lane. This is common law across the United States. I know it isn’t the same in California, so be sure if you’re from there in particular, you pay closer attention to which lane you’re in.
  4. Respect nature. Period. We have very delicate ecosystems and very fragile. Don’t ruin the joy for everyone by destroying these environments. This falls in line with number 1, but certainly needs its own distinction. The easiest example is Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, CO.
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    https://www.instagram.com/trailtrashco/?hl=en was featured on the Denver news channel http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/instagram-account-publicly-shames-people-who-break-rules-at-colorados-natural-spacesTreating Colorado this way could lead to permit-only hiking, and increased fees to park and enjoy OUR nature! This is due to improper behavior and incorrect treatment of our environment (http://www.justacoloradogal.com/2017/04/colorado-require-hiking-permits.html). I don’t want to have to pay to be able to see my beautiful state. Preventing this is simple- Follow the signs, if you take something in-take it out, and please be conscious of your choices and their impact. You may think that you’re only one person, and YOU won’t cause any harm- but this kind of thinking is broad. You are not the only one who plans to do it. Your actions have implications and it is necessary to be respectful.

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Readers- what are your thoughts? Have you seen this behavior first hand? Have you made a mistake? Whatever we can do to spread the word, or to make it socially unacceptable to disrespect our state and the great nature it holds- the better off we are in securing the safety of the environment.