Visitation Down At Zion For 2005

Visitation Down At Zion For 2005

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ZION NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) -- After high visitation last year, Zion National Park's visitation figures fell again for the three of the first four months of this year.

Last year, the park had its highest visitation since 1992.

The park's public information officer Ron Terry said it's hard to tell what will impact visitation, but he expected the wet weather during January and February impacted visitation.

Decreased visitation equals a decrease in funds collected. The park retains most of the fees it collects in the park to fund special projects.

The park may continue to see a decrease in visitation this year with continued rainy weather and high gas prices. However, the park is close to Las Vegas, southern California, the Wasatch Front and Denver -- all of which draw many tourists.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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