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Record Number of Visits to Zion National Park

Record Number of Visits to Zion National Park



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ZION NATIONAL PARK (AP) -- More people visited the Zion National Park last year than ever before -- breaking a previous record set in 1992.

Park officials have learned that nearly 2-point-7 (M)million people (2,699,241) visited the park in 2004. That's about 11-thousand three-hundred more visitors than 1992's previous record.

According to park records, Zion National Park has been attracting more than 2 (M)million visitors annually since 1988.

Although the park has many unique features, one of the more popular aspects for visitors is driving through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel.

Buses and recreational vehicles are required to pay an escort fee to travel through the tunnel, which has been closed to traffic.

Starting in May, escort fees will increase from ten-dollars to 15-dolllars.

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

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