DATA TABLES: Q9. What mode of transportation brought you here today?

In response to this question, the vast majority of survey takers reported driving their own vehicle (62.6%) The next largest category was rented auto (9%). Relatively few respondents reported driving an RV (2.5%), and 5.3% were on motorcycles. Eight-tenths were on bus tours, and 1.6% reported using some “other” mode of travel. Most of the “other” responses were respondents who were driving a vehicle that was owned by some other entity such as a business or a church. One respondent’s mode of transportation was a train, one drove a school bus, a couple was on bikes and one was hitchhiking.

For this pie chart and others showing responses for Question 9, the largest “slice” of pie is “own vehicle” on the bottom left with 979 responses, and the options shown in the legend move counter clockwise – with “rented auto” showing 140 responses for the eight byways, RV with 39, tour bus with 13, etc.

On the Dinosaur Diamond, during the survey period, most respondents drove their own vehicle (70.8%) The next largest category was rented auto (12.4%). Almost 9% drove an RV, and 3.5% were on motorcycles. None reported being on bus tours, and 4.4% used some “other” mode of travel.

Frontier Pathways saw a very high percentage of their survey period travelers who drove their own vehicle (41.2%). Other categories were checked less often, with rented auto at 1.9%, RV at 1.4%, motorcycles with 2.5%, 1% on bus tours and less than 1% using some “other” mode of transportation.

On the Gold Belt Byway, 68.2% of respondents reported that they drove their own vehicle. Just over ten percent drove rented autos, RVs were used by 6.2%, and 4.3% were on motorcycles. Just over one percent reported being on a bus tour and less than one percent used some “other” mode of travel.

Almost 72% of survey respondents on the Grand Mesa drove their own auto. Just over 5% drove a rented vehicle, and about 3% drove an RV. No respondents reported being on a bus tour, and almost 20% were traveling by motorcycle.

Along the Santa Fe Trail, over 70% of survey respondents drove their own auto. Just over 5% were in a rented vehicle of some type, and less than one percent were in an RV, on a bus tour or on a motorcycle. Just over 2% were using some other mode of transportation.

The San Juan Skyway, like all the other byways, had a high percentage of their survey period travelers driving their own vehicle (70.7%). Other categories were checked less often, with rented auto at 12.1% and RV with 0%. There were a relatively high percentage of respondents on motorcycles (11.4%), only about 2% on bus tours and almost 3% using some “other” mode of transportation.

Respondents on the Top of the Rockies reported driving rented vehicles at higher rates (22.4%) than did those on almost all other byways. They mostly drove their own autos (62.5%), with few numbers traveling by RV (3.5%), none on bus tours, just over 1% on motorcycles, and 2.4% using “other” modes of transportation.


Trail Ridge Road/Beaver Meadows Road had the highest percentage of respondents who drove some type of rented vehicle at almost 30%. Just over 62% of survey respondents drove their own auto, none reported driving an RV, and none reported being on a bus tour. Just fewer than 4% were on motorcycles and 2.7 were using some “other” mode of transportation.

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