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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: February 19, 2015
Release No.: 2015-06
NATIONAL PARKS DRAW RECORD-BREAKING CROWDS IN 2014, LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA RANKS 6TH OVERALL
BOULDER CITY, Nev. –With 6.9 million visitors, Lake Mead National Recreation Area was the sixth most visited site in the National Park Service in 2014, according to figures released by the NPS Feb. 17. The report also showed that visitation at America's national parks broke all-time records in 2014 with 292.8 million visits to national parks.
"As the National Park Service strives to share a more inclusive and well-rounded version of the American story through the places we care for, it is gratifying to see more people than ever coming to their national parks to enjoy nature, learn about history and spend time with their families," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "As we look ahead to our centennial in 2016, I am looking forward to announcing a new record-breaking number of visitors coming to experience national parks next year and beyond."
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is made up of two districts: Lake Mead, which saw 5 million visitors in 2014 and Lake Mohave, which saw around 2 million visitors.
The Boulder Basin continues to be the most popular area of Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Around 1.5 million visitors accessed the park via U.S. Highway 93 in Boulder City in 2014 and 1.2 million accessed the park via Lakeshore Road near Lake Las Vegas. Katherine Landing on Lake Mohave is also one of the most popular areas in the park, seeing 1.3 million visitors in 2014.
Visitation in 2014 increased by 600,000 compared to 2013. The majority of this increase was seen at Lake Mead Overlook, a pull-out on the way to the Hoover Dam that provides panoramic views of the Boulder Basin.
The National Park Service has been counting visitors since 1916. The previous visitation record was set in 1987, when parks saw just over 287.2 million visits.
Including the 2014 figures, the all-time visitation at National Park Service sites exceeds 13.2 billion. Nearly 410 million people have visited Lake Mead National Recreation Area since 1937.
The complete list of park visitation and other visitor-related statistics are available on the National Park Service's website at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/.
Top 10 most-visited National Park Service sites
- Golden Gate National Recreation Area (15 million)
- Blue Ridge Parkway (13.9 million)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park (10 million)
- George Washington Memorial Parkway (7.4 million)
- Lincoln Memorial (7.1 million)
- Lake Mead National Recreation Area (6.9 million)
- Gateway National Recreation Area (6 million)
- Natchez Trace Parkway (5.8 million)
- Chesapeake &Ohio Canal National Historical Park (5 million)
- Grand Canyon National Park (4.7 million)