After receiving year-end numbers from around the National Park System, visitation to the parks last year reached a record 307.2 million, according to the National Park Service. A number of parks attracted some staggering numbers of visitors, such as Yellowstone and Rocky Mountain, which each surpassed 4 million for the first time, and Grand Canyon which tallied more than 5 million, the agency said.
Acadia National Park
Local TV stations have been carrying ads for the new IMAX movie, National Parks Adventure for several weeks now. So when it opened in Salt Lake on Saturday, I was right there in line for tickets.
In a move that could make it easier for you to visit your favorite national park, Acadia National Park officials are testing a program to sell week-long and annual passes to their park online.
In a move that hopefully will be duplicated across the National Park System, a poet laureate has been named for Acadia National Park. The appointment, possibly the first in the National Park System, is not only a great way to mark Acadia's centennial this year, but a perfect fit for a national park, where the scenery pulls at the hearts of so many and is a source of inspiration.
I’ve talked at length about the best parks for birds and the parks where all the birders go. Everglades National Park usually tops that list. Big Bend and Acadia are also extremely popular birding parks. But which of the 59 national parks gets the least birding attention? That’s tough to quantify, but I’ve made an educated guess from perusing eBird data.
Today's the day, folks. The last day of 2015, and the last day you can make a donation to the national park friends organization of your choice and claim a tax deduction if the group is a non-profit.
Record Visitation Strained Some National Parks This Year, Creating Concern Over What 2016 Might Bring
"Find Another Park." That twist on the National Park Service's "Find Your Park" campaign leading into the agency's centennial year was voiced this year in some parks as record visitation strained staff and impacted resources and left Park Service managers wondering how high visitation might go next year, according to a sampling of parks by the Traveler.
Whether captured in words, photographs, or illustrations, national parks are wondrous places, vibrant and breathtaking in their scenery and history. To drive that point home, Joel Anderson and his son, Nathan, of the Anderson Design Group have just released a book that displays the 59 "national parks" in unique posters.
For park travelers who focus their excursions on Acadia National Park in Maine, an affordable approach to visiting is with the park's annual pass. And it's particularly affordable if you purchase this pass during the month of December.
The National Park Service isn’t the only entity marking its 100th anniversary next year. With Acadia National Park’s own 2016 centennial fast approaching, Friends of Acadia is busy coordinating a year-long grassroots celebration involving more than 200 community partners, each honoring their own special relationship with the park.