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October Park Stats Confirm Signficant Visitation Drops

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The National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics Office has released the visitor count from October for Grand Teton National Park; and as expected, the federal shut-down for the first half of the month severely impacted the visitation to Jackson Hole’s chief attraction.  According to the report, recreational visits for the month declined by 58 1/3 percent while total visits including those driving through the park to locations beyond were off by 25%.  Still, the year-to-date figures are up by 5.4% over the same period one year ago.  Further north, Yellowstone National Park visitation for October was off by 73%, and was about 52% down for recreational and non-recreational visits combined.  However, Spokesman Al Nash points out that those figures may be misleading since the formula used in computing visitation has been revised from what was used in previous years.  He says the best comparison comes from comparing the number of recreational cars or RVs entering the park this year with those that entered during the same month in 2012. Using those statistics, overall visitation for October declines by about 34%.

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