Rocky Mountain National Park sets visitation record

Lake Louise in Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit: Crystal Brindle, NPS

Lake Louise in Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit: Crystal Brindle, NPS

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Author: Steven Shaw
Date: 01.20.16

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK -- In 2015, the most people ever visited Rocky Mountain National Park. According to newly released data, the National Park Service claims the park saw 4,155,916 people visit last year, a 21 percent increase from 2014. The result is not altogether surprising, given that by the end of September 2015 the park had already set a new overall record and had experienced record-setting individual months for all months other than February and April.

The busiest season for the park was from mid-July through the beginning of October. Rocky Mountain National Park, which turned 100 years old last year, joins a chorus of Western parks such as Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park which also shattered visitation records last year.  

The NPS anticipates an even greater number of visitors this year during the National Park Service Centennial. “Additional contributing factors of the rise in visitation include lower gas prices and increased population along the Front Range of Colorado… Park managers will continue to address what effect this level of visitation will have on visitor and staff safety, resource protection, visitor experiences and operational capacity.” Said the National Park Service in a press release.

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