Monday, March 24, 2014

National Park visitation down in 2013

With the exceptions of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park , the rest of Utah’s national parks, monuments, recreation areas and historic sites reflected declines. Officials say the 3 percent decrease in 2013 is due primarily to government shutdown.

Zion was the only one of Utah’s five national parks to rank in the top 10 most-visited parks in the country. Its 2,807,387 visitors were down from 2,973,607 in 2012. That ranked Zion seventh behind Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic and Rocky Mountain. Salt Lake Tribune