Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Visitation up at National Parks

Between the unseasonably warm weather and a growing reputation as a destination location, Zion and the rest of Utah's "Mighty 5" national parks are seeing record numbers of visitors in 2015. Through the first three months of the year, Zion had seen 475,750 visitors, a 28 percent increase over 2014, when it went on to set a record with 3.2 million visitors for the year.

Similar increases had been seen in nearby Bryce Canyon National Park (up 33 percent through February), and Arches National Park (23 percent through March). Less-visited Capitol Reef National Park had seen a 16 percent increase through February, and Canyonlands, the least-visited of the five, was down 22 percent. The Spectrum