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Glacier National Park sets new yearly visitor record

Dennis Bragg photo (WEST GLACIER)-  Glacier National Park visitation not only breaks the 3-million mark for visitors, but easily crushes that mark. The final report on park visitation from the National Park Service shows over 3.3-million people went through the park gates in 2017, a solid 10% increase over the previous year. The park passed 3-million visitors this year in September, even with the fire season cutting access on the west side of the park. 

The new record wasn't unexpected.  For the first time in Glacier's history, more than 1-million people had come through the gates in the month of July alone. That was a jump of more than 23%. And park visitation was already up 11% through the first half of the year. 

St. Mary was by far the most active entrance to the park, largely driven by the fire closures of Going-to-the-Sun on the west side of the park in August and September. 


Glacier National Park visits off to robust start for 2017

Glacier has seen heavy snows this year, but it hasn't really slowed visitors down -GNP photo(WEST GLACIER)- Can Glacier National Park finally break the 3,000,000 visitor mark in 2017?

That's the question on the minds of park managers and the Northwest Montana tourism industry as the new year is getting underway. Just over 2.9 million people came through the park gates last year, marking the 3rd year in a row that Glacier visitation has set a record. 

It's expected to be mid-summer, and after the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road before we have a clear idea of whether GNP is on pace to set another record, and especially to top the 3-million mark. In fact, with the heavy snows this winter, everyone will be watching to see if the road's opening could be delayed.

But so far the snow isn't keeping people home. The park had over 14,000 visitors in January, which is just a little behind last year. 


Glacier International continues to set records

(KALISPELL)- The popularity of Northwest Montana and Glacier National Park continues to benefit its airport namesake, with Glacier Park International Airport managers once more reporting a record year for passenger traffic. 

The airport is reporting this week over half-a-million passengers came through the Glacier terminal in 2016, with the peak months of July and August seeing upwards of 40,000 departures. 

This is the 5th year in a record Glacier International has set a new record.


Glacier smashes all-time visitor record 

(WEST GLACIER)- Glacier National Park has smashed its all-time record for visitation, topping last year's mark by hundreds of thousands of tourists. 

Park administrators had expected a new record to be set this year, given the heavy traffic seen throughout the park this summer. Last year's record was set at 2.3 million visitors. 

But adding in the new September numbers just been released shows the rate surpassed even the wildest projections, with over 2,722,000 coming through the park gates by the end of last month, a new all-time record. 

All areas of the park except Cutbank and the Belly River entrances showed an increase, with St. Mary registering the largest jump, with visits there up 49%.

The record will continue to increase with remaining visits through the end of the year. 


Glacier Park visitor rate remains strong 

Dennis Bragg photo(WEST GLACIER)- The latest reports show Glacier National Park remains on pace to possibly break the 30-year old visitation record, with nearly 1.9 million people coming through the park gates by the end of August. 

That puts the park on project to possibly beat the 1983 record of 2.2 million people, but just as importantly, could be the busiest year since the park's centennial in 2010. 

However, early fall weather could cut the number of visitors, especially if the weather trends continue through September. There's also the threat of another government shutdown, such as cut park visitation off last fall, although Congress has pledged to not let that happen.