Posted: Aug 26, 2013 2:06 PM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park is having another solid year for park visits, with the latest numbers showing visitation up by more than three percent in July.
The latest report from the National Park Service shows more than a million people have gone through the park's gates during the current fiscal year, although the pace of total visits has still been running a little behind the pace of year-to-date visitors through July.
By the end of July last year 1,156,976 recreation visitors had come to the park to hike, sight-see, camp or stay overnight in one of the park's lodges.
This year 1,120,873 visitors had come to the park. But compared over the fiscal year, visitation is up by a little over three percent.
The most popular way to come into the park has been at West Glacier, where visits are up about eight percent. St. Mary's remains the second most-popular entrance station. Other places in the park were comparable with last year, although Polebridge, and the Walton-Goat Lick area had dropped.
Total overnight stays are up by six and a half percent, although there's been a significant drop in group camping, which is off by more than 63 percent. Tent camping is up by more than 14 percent above last year.