Glacier 2009 Visitation Nears 2 Million

By Beacon Staff

KALISPELL – Glacier National Park officials say more than 325,000 people visited the park in September — an increase of about 24 percent from a year ago.

The spike happened despite construction closures on the upper reaches of the historic Going-to-the-Sun Road. Last September, 262,782 people entered the park.

So far this year, nearly 2 million people have visited — a 13.4 percent increase from the same period last year. The year-to-date total for 2009 is 1,955,393 visitors, compared to 1,724,862 a year ago.

Glacier also has seen increases in traffic at several park entrances as well as spikes in overnight stays.

It has been the park’s busiest year since 1994.

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