Glacier Park Visitor Count Up 7.8 percent

By Beacon Staff

KALISPELL (AP) – Nearly half a million people visited Glacier National Park in August, and overall visitation continues to be well above last year.

The National Park Service says 492,343 people visited Glacier last month. That’s compared to 493,092 visitors in August 2006.

This year, there have been close to 1.7 million visitors to Glacier.

That’s 7.8 percent higher than during the first eight months of 2006, when the park recorded 1.56 million visitors.

Although the overall number of overnight stays is down slightly this year compared to last year, group camping and backcountry camping in Glacier have increased in 2007.