DINO I October visitation numbers for Dinosaur National Monument showed a 13.8 percent increase for the month over the 2014 figures.
Except for a slight dip in May, all other months in 2015 had increases in visitation. As of Oct. 30, recreational visits for the year tallied a total of 283,748, a 16.8 percent increase over the same time period in 2014.
Visitation statistics are calculated by using a combination of visitor center numbers, trail counters plus the actual number of wheeled vehicles entering the park gates and using a person-per-vehicle multiplier to calculate the number of monthly recreational visitors. Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at: irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park/DINO.
October is typically a month when visitation takes a significant dip due to changes in the weather and kids returning to school.
“This year, many people came to visit in October for the monument’s 100th anniversary on Oct. 3-4 and during the school break for the Utah Education Association Conference, Oct.15-18,” stated Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mark Foust.
For more information, call 435-781-7700, visit www.nps.gov/dino or follow DinosaurNPS on social media.