As noted in January, last year's big bash meant 16 days were free while 2017’s complement is whittled down to ten. That’s just more incentive to get the family out to enjoy the majesty of your nearest national park.
Of course, a celebration that puts our great American treasures and their respective beauty in the spotlight is bound to have a positive effect on attendance. NPS welcomed a third record-shattering year; In 2016, numbers swelled to 325 million visitors.
As TravelPulse’s Donald Wood explained in January, the increase represented more than just opportunity for parks but problems as well: Officials cited major congestion and refuse being left behind.
The report quotes Zion National Park spokesman John Marciano who reminds visitors: “We love having people come to the park. But our No. 1 goal, our mandate, is to preserve the park into perpetuity and to ensure our visitors have a best of kind and safe experience.”
So get on out to your nearest park this month and enjoy the wonder that is the initial days of spring poking through. Your amble will be sweeter with some extra change in your pocket.
But, please, remember to pick up your trash and to always be kind to your fellow park enthusiast.