Tents Are Up! 3.14 Million Camping Trips in National Parks in 2009

It’s always encouraging to hear that more people are getting outdoors. The Outdoor Industry Association reports that there were 3.14 million visits to tent camping sites operated by the National Park Service in 2009, the highest number of visits since 2003. The record however stands at 4.4 million back in 1992; apparently we had a better appreciation for the outdoors in the early 90s… maybe on account of the fact that this was before the internet and iPhones?

These numbers are encouraging, but may be indicative of the fact that in this economy people are taking vacations closer to home. Whatever the case, more people outdoors means more protection for some of our favorite natural spaces. So get outside!

[Photo: Nick Chill]

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