DATA TABLES:

Q1. What is the purpose of your travel today? (Choose all that apply)

This question was one of a set used to determine respondents’ travel purpose and their eligibility to participate in the survey. (Please see the appendices for a copy of the National Scenic Byway Designation Impacts Study Colorado 2003.)

Survey question number one asked respondents to indicate all the reasons for travel that applied to their trip, and they were asked to choose all responses that applied. (See table below.) For All Eight Byways, the highest number of responses was for vacation (785 respondents), followed by sightseeing (n=460), outdoor recreation (n=199) and visiting friends or relatives (n=149). Traveling for business reasons (n=97) and “other” (n=78) got the fewest number of responses for the byways as a group. Note that byway travelers could have selected more than one reason for travel (and as many as six reasons) in answer to this question.

 

 

The above chart shows that Dinosaur Diamond visitors, like byway visitors in general, also tended to travel the byway as part of their vacation (n=72), with many also traveling for visiting friends and relatives (n=37), sightseeing (n=34), business (n=16) and outdoor recreation (n=14).

 

We see that visitors to the Gold Belt Byway also chose vacation/holiday as their main reason for travel (n=96). Additional reasons for travel include sightseeing (n=84), outdoor recreation (n=25) and visiting friends and relatives (n=17).

 

Sightseeing was the most popular travel purpose for respondents at Grand Mesa on the days that survey data were collected, with 97 of those surveyed selecting this response. Other popular travel purposes were vacation/holiday (n=74), outdoor recreation (n=65), and visiting friends and relatives (n=29).

 

Along the Santa Fe Trail, the most-selected purpose for travel was also vacation/holiday (n=208), with the next most selected response, sightseeing (n=110), being selected only about half the number of times that vacation/ holiday was chosen. Thirty-seven Santa Fe Trail travelers selected “other” as one of their reasons for travel, and many of these people told interviewers that they were on the byway to visit the Bent’s Fort National Historic Site for an Encampment activity that weekend.

 

By far the most chosen purpose of travel for those on the San Juan Skyway was vacation/holiday (n=111). The other purposes listed received much fewer responses, with the next most-selected reason for travel, business (n=10), receiving less than 10% of the number of responses vacation/holiday did.

 

On the Top of the Rockies, 59 respondents said vacation/holiday was their purpose for travel that day. The next most-chosen response, sightseeing, was selected 22 times, or less than half the number of times vacation/travel was chosen. Outdoor recreation was selected 10 times and business was selected 8 times as a purpose of travel by respondents.

 

Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadows Road had a higher percentage of responses selecting vacation/holidays (n=90) than did other byways, with a variety of “other” purposes being the next most selected (n=6).

The chart below shows reasons for travel for each byway and all eight byways combined. Here, the purposes for travel are shown on a bar chart, with the “other” category being the top stripe of the chart for most byways (except Frontier Pathways which had no “other” responses) and “business” being the stripe at the bottom of each bar (except Grand Mesa which had no respondents who selected business as a purpose for travel).

This striped bar chart shows the percentage each travel purpose was chosen as a percentage of all purposes chosen by respondents. The percentages add to 100%, which is the total number of responses (not the total number of respondents) because respondents could “choose all that apply.” The vacation/holiday strip is the light-colored strip in the center of the bars, and we can see that this purpose for travel was selected more often than other purposes for travelers on six of the individual byways and for the eight byways combined.

DATA TABLES: Q2. Do you live inside or outside the Study Area as marked on this map?

When asking this questions, byway Interviewers/Surveyors were told to, Please refer to the map as needed for clarification anytime questions refer to “the Study Area”. On the chart below please note that the total number of respondents on all eight byways combined who answered that they lived in the Study Area (n=166) comprised a very small portion of the people who were approached to complete the survey. A large majority of those early respondents who said they lived in the study area were traveling on the Frontier Pathways (n=103).

 

DATA TABLES: Q2. Do you live inside or outside the Study Area as marked on this map?

When asking this questions, byway Interviewers/Surveyors were told to, Please refer to the map as needed for clarification anytime questions refer to “the Study Area”. On the chart below please note that the total number of respondents on all eight byways combined who answered that they lived in the Study Area (n=166) comprised a very small portion of the people who were approached to complete the survey. A large majority of those early respondents who said they lived in the study area were traveling on the Frontier Pathways (n=103).

 

 

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