Thousands of Coloradans departed the city for higher elevations on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 15).

Some journeyed to Rocky Mountain National Park to take advantage of one of the park’s four free admittance days in 2018, according to FOX Denver.

That’s down from 10 free days in 2017, and many people in nearby Estes Park fear affordable visits to Rocky Mountain National Park soon might be a thing of the past.

The National Park Service is pursuing a proposal to more than double entrance fees from $30 to $70.

“That’s just a lot of money. We wouldn’t be here if we had to pay that,” said Elisa Lapolla, a woman visiting from Tampa, Fla.

Fee hike fears are the talk of Estes Park. Many businesses in the town have permits to operate in the park, and many fear many will choose to vacation elsewhere if entrance fees are raised to $70 a day.

“We’re very concerned because if these fee hikes do go through when they say they may, it’s going to be very difficult to continue some of our programs in the park,” said Harry Kent, owner of Kent Mountain Adventure Center.

Commercial tour entrance fees are also set to rise. Kent said fee increases for his companies and others are too much to pass along to clients.

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