H/t Wyoming State Parks, a division of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails boasts a visitation of more than 4.4 million and a projected economic impact of nearly $500 million in 2019, per a Monday release from Wyoming State Parks, a division of Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources.
Recognition of these achievements would typically occur on Wyoming State Park, Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Day, Thursday, May 7, as a part of the Wyoming Office of Tourism National Travel and Tourism Week 2020 celebration this week, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Public Information Officer Gary Schoene told County 17 Monday by phone.
However, this year, things are looking a little different due to COVID-19, he said, noting that last year’s numbers are still worthy of pause.
They represent a 2% increase over 2018, and a 6% variance from the previous five-year average, per the release, with State Parks and Historic Sites like the Oregon Trail Ruts, Sinks Canyon and South Pass City logging the highest visitation increases in 2019. Hot Springs State Park was also listed as the most visited site statewide.
September continues to be the busiest month at Wyoming Historic Sites with 61,156 visitors, the release stated, and Wyoming’s State Parks are busiest in July with 727,041 visitors.
And Wyoming State Parks officials expect visitation numbers to continue to rise in 2020, per the release, which noted continued improvements happening at several sites across the state including those at Curt Gowdy and Glendo state parks.
“The Wyoming State Parks contribution to the tourism industry provides a true Wyoming experience,” Darin Westby, Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources director Darin, said in the release, adding that Wyoming’s State Historic Sites tell the story of what Wyoming is and is really about.