Manitou Springs approves rate cut for Barr Trail parking lot

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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - Outdoor recreation advocates hailed Manitou Springs' decision to lower parking fees for Barr Trail lot as a step in the right direction.

"Any rate drop is an improvement for users," said Brian VanValkenburg, project coordinator for Friends of the Peak, which helps maintain Barr Trail. "I'm glad they revisited it."

Year-round, Barr Camp campers and hikers will pay $5 per vehicle per day instead of paying $40 and receiving a $35 refund.

All others who park in the lot at the base of the Manitou Incline will be subject to seasonal rates. From Nov. 1 to April 20, users will pay $10 a day. From May 1 to Oct. 31, they will pay $5 per hour or $30 per day.

The Manitou Springs City Council unanimously approved the new rates at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Officials hope that the changes will attract more customers and restore revenue to what they were before a rate increase last year slashed proceeds from the lot by nearly 50 percent from 2016.

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