- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Newly released figures from the state show visits to Montana’s state parks increased by 1 million during the first half of the year compared to the same time last year.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/2arFIMo ) Montana State Parks data shows there were nearly 1.3 million visits to state parks from January through June in 2016.

The parks also set a record during the month of June, attracting more than 422,000 visitors. That surpassed the visitation record set for the month in 2015 by 28,000.

Montana State Parks spokeswoman Betsy Kirkeby says the parks also saw record visitation during the winter months, which she attributed to milder weather conditions.

Officials had recorded more than 100,000 visits to state parks this year by February, a number not typically seen until April.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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