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Tuesday
Sep122017

Glacier still on pace for record year, even with fires 

(WEST GLACIER)- Even though much of the west side of Glacier National Park is closed right now because of the Sprague Fire, the park appears it could still set a record for visitation in 2017.

The park had been running well ahead of last year's record pace, which had seen 2.9-million people come through the gates last year. In fact, the park set an all-time monthly visitor record in July, when more than a million people toured the park. That was a 23% jump over last year.  

New statistics just released for August show 908,000 visitors came to the park, pushing the year-to-date total to 2.8-million.

The west side of the park's popular Going-to-the-Sun Road, and the McDonald Valley have been closed since the start of September. But the east side of the park remains open, so it seems likely the park will match last year's visitor mark, and could even break 3-million people for the first time ever by the end of this year. 

Friday
Jan112013

Glacier visitation shows marked jump in 2012 

GNP Red Bus at St. Mary's- GNP photo by David Restivo(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park's visitation climbed by near 13% this past year, with over 2-million people coming through the park's gates in 2013.

The annual report released by the National Park Service shows the total number of visitors hit a very robust 2.16-million. That's an increase of 12.9% over the 1.9-million people who came to Glacier in 2011. 

The increase was seen in strong numbers throughout the year, although visitation fell off in December. 

Nearly half of those people, 955,000 in all, entered the park through the West Glacier entrance station, heading to destinations ranging from the popular Going-to-The-Sun Road to Lake McDonald and destinations on the west side of the park. St. Mary's accounted for just over 500,000. St. Mary's saw the biggest increase, with a 34% jump in visitors entering the park in that valley. 

All entrance stations at the park showed some increase in traffic. 

Lodges continued to be a major draw, with over 126,000 visitors staying in one of the park's historic structures, a 22% increase. However, group camping dropped in popularity, down by more than 52%. 

Use of concession buses dropped considerably this year, down by as much as 93% at the West Entrance.