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Record number of visitors to Glacier park in July


Sun Tours customers stop on Going-to-the-Sun Road to view Bird Woman Falls in Glacier National Park, Mont. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Sun Tours customers stop on Going-to-the-Sun Road to view Bird Woman Falls in Glacier National Park, Mont. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

PUBLIC LANDS — National Park Service officials say July 2014 was the busiest that Glacier National Park has ever seen.

The park service’s statistics office says nearly 700,000 people visited the northwestern Montana park last month.

The previous record for July was just shy of 690,000, in 1983.

The statistics office keeps monthly visitation records going back to 1979.

The park’s year-to-date visitor count is 1.2 million, which is nearly 5 percent higher than this time a year ago.

However, the number of people staying overnight declined 5.3 percent, and overnight stays in the backcountry dropped 15 percent.




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