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NOW PLAYING: "The Alpine Amusement Park"

Popular hiking destinations are looking more like theme park attractions than trails. Here's how we both conserve and preserve access to the outdoors, without putting up turnstiles:


*Written Version Included Below

America’s most popular trails are dealing with a crowding problem. We’re moving into a strange era of lottery systems, tickets, and assigned visiting times to go out and access nature. But do these measures work?

In making “The Alpine Amusement Park,” I learned that most of these restrictions miss the mark on addressing the real threat to conserving our outdoor spaces. This documentary explores some of the alternate solutions being deployed in Colorado, and whether they can serve as a blueprint elsewhere.

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Written Version:

Not everything from my research would fit into the video. The findings in the documentary are expanded on in this written series, “The Alpine Amusement Park, Unraveled:”

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Special Thanks

There are a few people without whom I couldn’t’ve made this film. You can click on any of these individuals or group names to learn more about them.

Chris Tomer

Chris has been a fantastic friend and mentor in the outdoor space. He was one of the first people to actually encourage me to take on this project. He’s also an exceptional mountaineer and meteorologist specializing in mountain weather patterns.

Ty Ellenbogen

Ty is a talented musician who composes almost all of the music used in my projects. While he did not compose the music used in The Alpine Amusement Park due to time constraints, Ty served as an audio consultant throughout the editing process.

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