National park visits boom amid recession

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  • VOR
    Feb. 25, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    what? National Parks and National Monuments attract tourist to the State? NO that can't be. The Legislators want to condemn Federal land so they can sell oil and mining leases to their good buddies, that's the only way the State could ever make any money, this report must be false.

  • Anonymous
    Feb. 25, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    I think some of you need to get out of the city and away from the Internet and other media and go take in some natural beauty for a few days. Go to Timpanogos Cave, Cedar Brakes, or Natural Bridges National Monuments and marvel in this beautiful world we live in and be glad that these areas were set aside and protected generations ago for your enjoyment and enlightenment.

  • desrtrat
    Feb. 24, 2010 9:34 p.m.

    Just goes to show how important it is to preserving land for the public. Sounds like a win win situation for all that protect it. To declare this to be a "feel good" message from the administration is foolish. Exploiting and denigrating this land is contrary to its potential as permanent cash cows for what it is. Some of don't even care if it makes money, some just wish to preserve the same experience we have had for posterity as well.

  • I have a job too
    Feb. 24, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    and I visited several national parks this year. I did not do it because I was bored or suicidal. I visited the parks because they are wonderful places. To turn this article into another rant about the current administration is ridicululous. The decline of the United States of American happened way before Obama took office. It happened way before Bush took office. Furthermore, it is a reflection of the people of the USA and their willingness to live of of the work of past generations. It is also a reflection of technological advances that make the world a smaller place thus increasing international competition from people who are happy to earn wages we would never consider. To blame the state of the State on one many is simplistic.

  • hollyhawk
    Feb. 23, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    How many of these millions of travelers are from Europe and Asia? This article seems to emphasize that Americans are the only travelers to national parks. I live between 2 national parks and right next to the largest national monument in the U.S.and have noticed that 2009 was a definite decrease in travelers. Do you really think that the feds know how to count or is this article a feel good article. How many people use the national parks as a place to have their suicide? Why don't the feds publish that info for a feel good article.

  • KF
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:56 p.m.

    Some of the greatest places I have ever been were protected lands in National Parks and I have passed this on to my child. The awe and inspiration one feels as they stand on the edge of Kilauea crater in Hawaii, hiking to Delicate Arch, or viewing the redwoods, cannot be overstated. The recession may mean more people are visiting the National Parks rather than going to Europe or Disneyland, but that is a good thing.

  • I know why!!
    Feb. 23, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Visits at the parks are up because less people have jobs and they are bored sitting at home.

    Welcome to the "hope and change" economy!!!

    Just keep listening to the DEMOCRAT propaganda how we have "turned the corner" a few months ago meanwhile today consumer confidence hits a new low.

    Fortunately I have a job or I would be looking to go to the National Parks to pass the time too. Before long though people may be jumping off cliffs even we don't get this lame brain out of office.