- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - Warm weather and a new Utah national parks tourism campaign may be driving a jump in visitors at four of Utah’s five national parks this year.

The Spectrum of St. George (https://bit.ly/1EbCHIX ) reports Zion National Park has seen about 475,000 more visitors from January through March, up 28 percent from the same months last year.

Zion spokeswoman Aly Baltrus says weather and Utah’s “Mighty 5” tourism campaign have attracted visitors.

Bryce Canyon National Park registered a 33 percent increase; Arches National Park a 23 percent increase; and Capitol Reef National Park a 16 percent increase.

Canyonlands was the only park to receive a drop in visitors, with a 22 percent decrease. Canyonlands acting chief ranger Kevin Moore says that’s inaccurate. He says they just found out one traffic counting machine drastically over counted in 2014.


Information from: The Spectrum, https://www.thespectrum.com



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