2016 Visitation at Dinosaur National Monument Increases 4%

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Visitors disembark from the shuttle outside the Dinosaur Quarry Exhibit Hall.

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News Release Date: January 19, 2017

Contact: Dan Johnson, (435) 781-7700

Jensen, UT & Dinosaur, CO – December visitation numbers for Dinosaur National Monument showed a 13.8% increase for the month over 2015 statistics, with the year ending with an overall increase over 2015. On December 31, recreational visits for the year tallied a total of 304,314– a 4.3% increase over the 2015 annual visitation.
 
Month Recreational Visits 2016 Recreational Visits 2015 Change
January 3,291 3,868 - 14.9%
February 4,053 4,354 - 6.9%
March 8,228 10,001 - 17.7%
April 17,708 17,996 - 1.6%
May 31,767 28,446 + 11.7%
June 57,884 55,878 + 3.6%
July 65,900 62,506 + 5.4%
August 52,276 49,448 + 5.7%
September 34,888 33,266 + 4.9%
October 18,453 17,986 + 2.6%
November 6,868 5,417 + 26.8%
December 2,996 2,633 +13.8%
Total for Year 304,314 291,798 +4.3%


Visitation statistics are calculated by using a combination of visitor center numbers, trail counters plus the actual number of wheeled vehicles entering the park gates and using a person-per-vehicle multiplier to calculate the number of monthly recreational visitors. Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park/DINO.
 
The first four months of 2016 showed a decrease in visitation over 2015, most likely due to more typical winter conditions than the previous year. May through December all showed increases over the previous year. The 4% increase in visitation the monument experienced this year was on top of the 16% increase that occurred in 2015.
 
For more information, call (435) 781-7700, visit www.nps.gov/dino or follow DinosaurNPS on social media.



Last updated: January 19, 2017

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