GTNP looks at visitor mobility

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Grand Teton National Park this summer is launching a study to determine the needs of transportation in the community including what the flow of tourist travel is with relation to the park.

Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins told a conference last week that Grand Teton is taking cues from Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Yellowstone National Parks in executing the study.

Jenkins said, “It’s our visitor mobility study to try to get a better handle at a more granular level of where people are coming from, where they’re going to, how long they are staying; and we are working collaboratively with state- with WYDOT, with the county, with the Chamber of Commerce, with Yellowstone so that we can try to do this work in a way so that we can feed into – not just an understanding of what’s happening when you drive through the entrance station at Moose, but what is going on in terms of what does it mean in terms of traffic over Teton Pass, around Jackson Square, as well as through the South Gate of Yellowstone.”

About lodging, Jenkins says park statistics indicate 17% of the park visitors remain overnight in the park, but it is unknown where the remainder go.

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