Glacier National Park Breaks Attendance Record

Glacier has welcomed about 2.23 million people in 2014

By Beacon Staff & Associated Press

It’s official: Glacier National Park has broken its record for most visitors in a single year.

National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson says that through Sept. 30, Glacier had welcomed about 2.23 million people in 2014. That’s almost 35,000 more than visited in the record-setting year of 1983, when just over 2.2 million visitors were counted.

And there’s still three months left to count this year.

There were 353,497 visitors in September, a slight decrease over a year ago. Year-to-date visitation is up 4.7 percent.

The West Entrance welcomed 162,065 people last month, a 4.5 percent increase over 2013.

This is the third-straight year Glacier has exceeded 2 million, and fifth in the last sixth.

The Going-to-the-Sun Road is scheduled to close to Logan Pass from the west side Oct. 19.