DATA TABLES: Q6. What are your lodging accommodations while in the Study Area? (Choose all that apply)

Respondents who noted in Question 6 that they had stayed for less than one day were not asked about their lodging accommodations.

When asked about their lodging accommodations, the top three types were Hotel/Motel (n=316), Campground (n=170), with Friends/Relatives (88) and Cabin/Cottage/Condo (n=84). Respondents were asked to “choose all that apply”, and the total number of categories checked was 809.

For those who stayed overnight during their travel on the Dinosaur Diamond, the motel/hotel option was most popular (n=12. Four respondents (and travel companions) each stayed at campgrounds or with friends/relatives.

Campgrounds (n=36) were the most popular lodging accommodations used by visitors on the Frontier Pathways during the survey period. Also popular were cabin/condo (n=28), with friends/relatives (n=27) and hotel/motel (n=21).


Similar to patterns at other byways, Gold Belt Byway visitors chose the hotel/motel (n=63) option most during the survey period. Other favored options were campgrounds (n=25), with friends/relatives (n=19), RV park (n=13) and cabin/cottage/condo (n=10).

For travelers to the Grand Mesa during the survey period, camping was the lodging accommodation chosen most often (n=13). The next most chosen were the cabin/cottage/condo option (n=5) and motel/hotel (n=5).

Respondents traveling along the Santa Fe Trail during the survey period chose the hotel/motel option (n=98) more than any other category, with the “other” category being the second most popular choice (n=44). This “other” category included the following diverse accommodations -- house, truck, dorm, Koshare Indian Museum, driving through and tent.

The motel/hotel option (n=54) was again the most popular choice of travelers along the San Juan Skyway during the survey period. Campgrounds (n=19) and RV Parks (n=18) were next in line, but together not equaling the number choosing the hotel/motel option.

At the Top of the Rockies, again, motel/hotel was the most chosen lodging accommodation option (n=18), closely followed by campground (n=16) and cabin/cottage/condo (n=12). The “other” category (n=10) was also popular with respondents, and here this category included such things as house, time share, semi, private residence and driving through.

Survey respondents on the Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadows Road followed the pattern of choosing the motel/hotel option (n=45) more than any of the other categories. Only about a fourth as many respondents reported that they had or would stay in a campground (n=12), cabin/condo/cottage (n=11) and/or with friends/relatives.

Below is another striped bar chart that shows how the lodging accommodations options fared with respondents. Since respondents could choose all that apply, the 100% here is for the total number of responses for each of the byways and for all eight byways.

The motel/hotel option is represented by the stripe at the far left of the bar chart, with the “other” stripe on the far right. Note that the third stripe from the right, B&B has the lowest percent of responses for all byways except Trail Ridge Road, the San Juan Skyway and Grand Mesa.

DATA TABLES: Q7. Is this the first time you’ve traveled on this route?

Below is a bar chart that shows the percent of respondents for each byway who replied in the affirmative to this question. For three of the byways – San Juan Skyway, Trail Ridge Road and the Gold Belt Byway – over half of respondents were traveling the route for the first time. On three other byways – Dinosaur Diamond, Top of the Rockies, and Grand Mesa, close to forty percent had not traveled the route before. About eighty percent of travelers on Frontier Pathways during the survey period were “return customers”.

Question 8: Question 8 asked respondents who said this was not the first time they had traveled the route, “How many times have you visited before?” Answers ranged from once before to over three-hundred times, with most of these respondents having traveled the route less than 30 times previously.

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