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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Input Sought From Yellowstone Visitors

Above, a view from the Old Faithful Inn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

This summer, visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be asked for their input on how to improve their park visit experiences better.

According to KPAX:
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that the only way to solve overcrowding problems in the world’s oldest national park is to learn more about the people using it. 
Park Service officials are beginning a new project to help collect that information this summer. 
When Yellowstone National Park hit 4 million visits in 2015 complaints about overcrowding started to be heard. “How do you feel if you can pull right into a parking space at Old Faithful or if you have to wait three-to-five minutes or 10 to 15 minutes?” asked Wenk. 
“The problem was people wouldn’t leave the parking area until they would use the restroom and there weren’t enough restrooms,” said West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marysue Costello. 
“We brought in more restrooms to alleviate some of the pressures, some of the concerns,” said Yellowstone National Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin. 
That was a direct result of people speaking out, but Yellowstone doesn’t want to wait for complaints. [We want] t understand from our visitors what their experience is like and how they move through the park,” said Warthin. 
This summer, some visitors to Yellowstone National Park will be asked questions about their visit. 

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