Friday, August 21, 2015

Attendance spikes at Zion, Bryce national parks

Through July, Zion National Park had already seen 1.7 million visitors, a 17 percent increase over the pace last year, when the park went on to set its standing record of 3.2 million. Bryce Canyon has seen an even larger spike, up 32 percent, and 2014 was a record year there too, with 1.4 million total visitors.

The two parks and the rest of Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks — Arches, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands — have all seen increases in 2015, with park officials saying a warm winter, improving tourism economy and the state’s growing reputation as a destination location have combined to draw more people. The Spectrum