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2012 SURVEY REPORTS LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA VISITORS SATISFIED

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Date: October 5, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2012
Release No.: 2012-53
Contact: Christie Vanover 702-283-2344

2012 SURVEY REPORTS LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA VISITORS SATISFIED


BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The National Park Service has released the results of the 2012 Lake Mead National Recreation Area visitor survey, reporting that 95 percent of park visitors are satisfied overall with park facilities, services and recreational opportunities.

"It's exciting that, for the fifth year in a row, our visitors are overwhelmingly satisfied with their national park experience at Lake Mead National Recreation Area," said Superintendent Bill Dickinson. "Our park staff and concession employees put forth so much effort to ensure our guests have a great time while they experience America in the beautiful lakes, canyons and mountains of the southwest."

The survey is designed to measure visitor satisfaction and visitor understanding and appreciation. In addition to rating services like exhibits, trails and employees, visitors were encouraged to leave comments.

Many said Lake Mead NRA is a fun, clean, family-friendly park with helpful employees. One visitor commented: "I really enjoy coming here.I would rather be here than anywhere else!"

Others had comments about restrooms and conduct of other visitors, and some suggested planting more trees. All responses were presented to the management team, so future improvements could be made, where possible.

The survey, which was distributed to a random sample of 400 visitors in the park from June 1-30, is conducted annually by the National Park Service in cooperation with the University of Idaho Park Studies Unit. The response rate was 76 percent with 303 visitors responding. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percent with 95 percent confidence.

To view the results, visit https://psu.uidaho.edu/files/vsc/reports/vsc.LAME612.pdf.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is America's fifth most visited national park with more than 7 million visits a year. In the summer months of June, July and August, 2.2 million people visited Lake Mead in 2012. From January through August, the park has seen 4.6 million visitors.

The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation from camping, hiking, cycling to boating and fishing. The park is rich in natural and cultural history. More than 10,000 years of human history and 1.8 billion years of geological history are represented; 25 threatened and endangered species and sensitive Native American cultural sites are protected within the recreation area.

-NPS-

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