|Above, yours truly at Yosemite National Park last April.|
U.S. national parks set attendance records in 2016. This is not surprising since the National Park Service was celebrating its centennial and that increased public awareness about the parks.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks all set attendance records in 2016 — as did the park system nationwide, recording more than 330 million visits during its centennial year.
A new tally shows 330.97 million recreational visits to national parks last year, a 7.72% increase from the year before.
The Find Your Park marketing campaign, designed around the 100th anniversary of the NPS’ creation, built on a five-year upswing in visitation nationwide, said Jeffrey Olson, a National Park Service spokesman.To read more, go here.