Visitation at Dinosaur National Monument Continues Climb in September 2015

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Date: October 20, 2015
Contact: Dan Johnson, Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services, (435) 781-7702

Jensen, UT & Dinosaur, CO – September visitation numbers for Dinosaur National Monument showed a 30.4% increase for the month over the 2014 September figures. Except for a slight dip in May, all other months in 2015 had increases in visitation. As of September 30, recreational visits for the year tallied a total of 265,762 – a 17.0% increase over the same time period in 2014.

Month Recreational Visits 2015 Recreational Visits 2014 Change
January 3,868 2,354 +64.32%
February 4,354 2,788 +56.17%
March 10,001 6,387 +56.58
April 17,996 16,618 +8.29%
May 28,446 30,977 -8.17%
June 55,878 47,855 +16.8%
July 62,506 51,907 +20.4%
August 49,448 42,811 +15.5%
September 33,266 25,519 +30.4%
Total Year-to-Date 265,762 227,215 +17.0%

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

"Great weather in September along with the variety of events that were taking place for the monument's 100th anniversary all played a role in bringing people out to the monument," stated Dinosaur National Monument Superintendent Mark Foust. "While most kids return to school in September, we often see increases in the number of international visitors and retirees who use this time to travel. There have been nearly 40,000 additional visitors to the monument so far this year. It is always great to see so many people out enjoying their parks."

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Last updated: October 20, 2015

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