Colorado attractions reopen

By Gay Nagle Myers
As crews began to get the upper hand on wildfires in Colorado over the weekend, helped by calmer winds and lower temperatures, several tourist attractions near Colorado Springs reopened.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway reopened on Saturday, as the Waldo Canyon fire, now 45% contained, moved further to the west of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

A notice posted on the railway's website indicated that the trains are operating as usual. "Manitou Springs and the Railway Depot were not harmed in the fire that started on June 23. Our heartfelt thanks go to the courageous men and women who have battled this blaze."

Reopening Monday are Cave of the Winds and Garden of the Gods attractions. Area attractions still closed to visitors are listed on the Colorado Tourism Office's Travel Resource page.

The Broadmoor resort near Colorado Springs is operating normally, although some cancellations and postponements had been reported last week.

Some of the Broadmoor's rooms have been turned over to displaced hotel employees who had to evacuate their homes during the fires, according to a spokesperson.

The Colorado wildfires near Fort Collins, Boulder and Durango have been largely contained, although fire officials estimate it will be mid-July before the fires are completely under control.

In Utah, firefighters continued to battle several wildfires. Details and locations are listed on the state's information site
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