Annual Visitation Figures
* Attendance from July 1 to September 6.
Sources: A261 5-151;Superintendent's Monthly Report/Public Use Reports.
The 1984 Statement for Management reports the following statistics:
"Over 90% of the visitors view the exhibits in a contact trailer for approximately 1/2 hour and then 30% take the one hour, 2-mile, round-trip hike to the fossil areas which are open to the general public. Approximately 100 fishermen annually using access points along the Niobrara River also are included among recreational visitor counts.
"Although the Monument is not well signed from major highways, visitation is received from a wide area. In 1982 travelers representing all 50 states and 16 foreign countries used the Park. Origin of the visitors can be categorized as follows:
"Traffic is heavily concentrated in the summer months as is indicated in this seasonal breakdown: spring, 29%; summer, 65%; fall, 4%; and winter, 2%. The average daily visitation for the peak month of July is 82. Daily and weekly use patterns only vary when bus tours or school groups arrive at the area. No camping or lodging facilities are available."
Last Updated: 12-Feb-2003