Death Valley’s 2017 attendance just misses setting all-time record

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Death Valley National Park celebrated one other banner yr in 2017, practically matching its all-time attendance record set the yr earlier than, National Park Service officers reported Sunday, Feb. four.

The mysterious park with excessive landscapes and climates drew a complete of 1,294,827 guests in 2017, merely 1,456 fewer than the record, a park information launch acknowledged.

Park officers stated they had been shocked to see 2017 visitation run roughly equal to 2016, when a uncommon “super bloom” of wildflowers and the National Park Service’s 100th birthday celebration drew many vacationers.

Visitation figures for different nationwide parks in 2017 weren’t instantly out there.

Death Valley’s numbers stand in stark distinction to the 9,970 individuals who visited in 1933, when it was established as a nationwide monument. Death Valley grew to become a nationwide park in 1994.

With roughly three.four million acres, Death Valley is the most important nationwide park within the contiguous 48 states, and has elevations starting from 282 toes beneath sea degree at Badwater Basin — the bottom level in North America — to over 11,000 toes atop Telescope Peak.

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