Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Zion National Park on record pace

Through June, the National Park Service reported 1,474,014 visitors to Zion National Park, up 11.4 percent from last year and ahead of the record pace set in 2012, when there had been 1,373,786 halfway through the year and the annual total nearly reached 3 million.

Total visitation was down slightly in 2013 at 2.83 million, but a two-week government shutdown during the busy October season likely skewed the numbers. Over the past decade, the trend has been a steady increase. In 2003, visitation was 2.48 million. The Spectrum