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National Parks Saw a Record-setting Number of Visitors Last Year

National Parks Saw a Record-setting Number of Visitors Last Year
Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks all set attendance records in 2016 — as did the park system nationwide, recording more than 330 million visits during its centennial year.

A new tally shows 330.97 million recreational visits to national parks last year, a 7.72% increase from the year before.

The Find Your Park marketing campaign, designed around the 100th anniversary of the NPS’ creation, built on a five-year upswing in visitation nationwide, said Jeffrey Olson, a National Park Service spokesman.

In Yosemite, which has been counting visitors since 1906, rangers tallied 5.03 million last year. That broke the previous record of 4.15 million visitors in 2015.

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