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Record high visitation, volunteerism at state parks

News from Montana State Parks

HELENA – Montana State Parks announced that in 2014, Montana’s 55 state parks experienced 2.255 million visits, setting record high visitation for the second straight year. From January to December 2014, the statewide visitation numbers show a 3-percent increase over 2013.

Giant Springs State Park in Great Falls had the highest visitation for the year of all state parks with more than 316,000 visits. Wayfarers State Park in Bigfork was the fifth most visited park with 133,473 visits.

Montana State Parks also experienced increased participation in volunteerism. In 2014, volunteers dedicated almost 43,000 hours to state park operations and programs, which is the equivalent of more than 20 full time employees.

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