Glacier National Park marks record attendance of 2.33 million visitors

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WEST GLACIER, Montana — More than 2.3 million people visited Glacier National Park in northern Montana in 2014.

The National Park Service Public Use Statistics Office says the estimated total is a record for the park.

The Flathead Beacon reports (http://bit.ly/1tXc6GM ) that Glacier's previous all-time annual visitation record was 2.22 million set in 1983.

The 2014 numbers represent a nearly 7 percent increase over 2013 and mark the sixth time in the last eight years that visitation surpassed 2 million people.

However, fewer people stayed overnight in the park last year. Some 364,000 overnight campers represents about a 4 percent drop from 2013.

The number of RV campers dropped about 7 percent to around 104,000, and concession lodging stays dipped nearly 8 percent to around 117,000.

There was a slight increase in backcountry campers.


Information from: Flathead Beacon, http://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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