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Date: February 5, 2009
Contact: Andrew S. Muñoz, 702-293-8691


LAS VEGAS - The National Park Service has reported visitation to Lake Mead National Recreation Area only decreased by about a quarter percent from 7,898,592 visitors in 2007 to 7,877,581 in 2008. The park saw an upturn in visitation this fall after a decrease over the summer months.

"Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a year-round destination. We have a wealth of inexpensive outdoor activities just a stone's throw from Las Vegas and Laughlin," said William Dickinson superintendent of Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

The park's visitation jumped by 31 percent or 131,604 in November from the year previous. At the same time Las Vegas saw a 9.8 percent decrease in tourism according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. December visitation increased by 7.4 percent.

"Tourists and locals can stretch their vacation dollars by enjoying the park for a day or two," said Dickinson.

Boating and water recreation are most popular during the summer. Picnicking, camping, hiking, and fishing are popular throughout the year.

The record increase in fuel prices did affected visitation over the summer. June and August both saw about a 6.5 percent drop from 2007 with the largest decrease in July by 30 percent or 326,353 visitors.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is 1.5 million acres including Lakes Mead and Mohave. A five day pass costs $5.00 for single a passenger car. There are 1,172 campsites in the park. Houseboat, speed boat, and jet ski rentals, RV sites and lakeside motel rooms are offered by the park's concessionaires. Lake Mead is the 11th most visited U.S. tourist destination according Forbes Traveler.

Visitors can call (702) 293-8990 for scheduled hikes and park information or go to www.nps.gov/lame.

Did You Know?

Geometric Petroglyphs on rocks

As early as 3,000 years ago, people inhabiting the Southwest began chiseling and painting pictures on rocks and cliff walls. Preserved by the dry climate, much of this rock art ranging from complicated geometric designs to huge figures, remains to puzzle, astonish, and awe modern-day viewers.