The unofficial summer camping season, which generally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is over, but some Wyoming state parks are still setting visitation records, according to an Oct. 19 press release from Wyoming State Parks (WSP).
September saw nearly 550,000 visitors take advantage of Wyoming parks, according to the release. For the summer season, several parks enjoyed visitation numbers over 200% above the 5-year average, despite all parks having been closed to campers from March 30 through May 15, when visitors could still use the park for day-use activities like boating, hiking and fishing.
Curt Gowdy State Park saw visitation increase 231% over the 5-year average, while Boysen State Park saw a 241% increase.
This year, Wyoming’s state parks recorded 4,878,765 visitors, which exceeds last year’s record season of just over 3 million visitors by 34%.
“Currently outdoor recreation accounts for 4.4% and $1.65 billion to the state’s GDP. We see no reason we can’t double these numbers in the coming years,” WSP Cultural Resource Director Darin Westby said in the release.