Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mild winter brings early start for tourism in Moab, Grand County

According to Moab Area Travel Council Director Marian DeLay, Arches National Park visitation figures for January 2012 were at 14,961 visitors, an increase of nearly 47 percent from the January 2011, when 10,182 visitors were counted. Canyonlands National Park saw an even greater increase, reporting visitation numbers that were up 54 percent.

The lack of snow in some traditionally busy ski resorts throughout Utah and the Four Corners area has also driven visitors to Moab, where other outdoor activities, including four-wheeling, hiking and mountain biking, have been possible throughout most of the winter, officials said. Moab Times-Independent