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Visitation at State Parks Increasing

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Visitation to Montana State Parks continues to increase and is on track to set another record this year.

So far through June, visitation was up 21 percent over the same period in 2014. More than 1 million visitors entered the parks during the first half of the year, compared with 850,000 in 2014.

     Montana State Parks spokeswoman Betsy Kirkeby said the increasing state park numbers follow a national trend toward greater outdoor recreation use.

     She attributed the increase in part to the variety of recreation options available.

     In addition, Kirkeby said that the warmer winter and hot weather in June, followed by cooler weather, provide perfect conditions for people to be outside.

     Visitation at Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks is also up so far this year. 

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