Mesa Verde National Park Visitor Study and Economic Impacts Reports Available
Contact: Betty Lieurance, 970-529-4608
Visitors to Mesa Verde National Park were surveyed in summer 2012 as part of a visitor study completed by the University of Idaho's Park Studies Unit. Survey questions helped determine the demographic make-up of park visitors, as well as how they spent their time in the park and the area. The survey also addressed economic impacts to the region from park visitation. The local region was defined as Montezeuma and La Plata counties, which roughly coincides with the 50-miles radius from the park for which expenditures were reported.
Of the 676 questionnaires distributed to visitors, 477 were returned for a 70.5% response rate. Some results noted in the report summaries concluded that:
To download or read the reports, visit www.nps.gov/meve/parkmgmt/index.htm.
Did You Know?
On a snowy December day in 1888, while ranchers Richard Wetherill and Charlie Mason searched Mesa Verde’s canyons for stray cattle, they unexpectedly came upon Cliff Palace for the first time. The following year, the Wetherill brothers and Mason explored an additional 182 cliff dwellings.