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Grand Teton National Park sees record visits in 2015

(Moose, Wyo.) - Grand Teton National Park had a record number of visitors in 2015. According to a release issued yesterday, the park had 4,647,886 visits in 2015, an 8.2 percent increase from the previous record of 4.3 million visits set in 2014. The most significant increases came in the months of September and October when total visitation increased 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively, from the previous year. [image: Inline image 1] The increase in visitation was also reflected in recreational visitation, a metric which excludes travelers through the park who are not seeking to enjoy the park and its resources such as commuters and delivery trucks. The park recorded 3.1 million recreational visits in 2015, the first time that metric exceeded 3 million since a new recreational visitation accounting system was implemented in 1992. Park managers expect further visitation increases during 2016 in connection with the National Park Service centennial and are working on ways to improve visitation management and visitor facilities both in the short term and long term. Expanded interpretive services for diverse audiences, the Jenny Lake Renewal Project, and the Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan are examples of these initiatives. #buckrail #news