Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Yellowstone’s Growing Popularity Good for Region

National Park Popularity Growth Always A Good Thing
Billings Gazette Article Link

Most people who know me realize how much of a special place Yellowstone National Park is to me, from living there some 20 years ago to my regular trips back to find some remote fishing adventures. With so many local, regional and National Parks in danger of loosing millions upon millions of dollars it seems, any positive news in this region is a good thing. Closings upon closings and loss in funding by our Government for our historic park systems can never hurt from an increase in visitations and a rate increase that still packs em into Jellystone!

Yellowstone National Park is a great American vacation destination, especially in this tough economy. In the first nine months of 2010, Yellowstone has already exceeded its previous full-year record visitor count. In 12 months of 2009, the park counted 3.29 million visitors. By the end of September this year, it had already seen 3.41 million.

In September alone, the park hosted 550,000 recreational visitors (I was one of them:)— 60,000 more than in September 2009. The warm, dry fall weather was perfect for fly fishing, camping, bicycling and hiking. Fall visitation has grown in recent years as the park has become ever more popular in September for photo safaris and bus tours that bring throngs of retirees as well as foreign visitors to Yellowstone. At the end of September, license plates from states coast to coast were seen in the Old Faithful Inn parking lot.

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