Bryce Canyon National Park has set a new one-month visitation record, logging 44 percent more people during February than the same month in 1990.
Park officials said 10,894 people visited during the month and that campground use increased by 110 percent as compared to a year ago. They attributed unseasonably warm, dry weather to the substantial increase in visitations."There were no major storms during the month, continuing a pattern that began in January," said Lou Good, public relations specialist.
"The increase continues the trend of the last decade of ever-growing numbers of people visiting the park," Good said. He added that foreign visitors and those arriving by both private vehicles and buses increased.
With the approach of spring, visitor center hours were extended. The center is now open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
It was also announced that 34 employees were recently presented quality performance and special achievement awards for exceeding work standards set by supervisors. The employees accepted additional workloads because departments were shorthanded during 1990 due to budgetary restrictions, Good said.