Park Visitation up 6% in June (2006)

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I keep hearing people say that the park seems less crowded this year because of gas prices and Highway 140 being closed and all that, but everywhere I look the traffic seems worse than ever. Sure enough, the Merced Sun-Star ran a story on Highway 140 in which they reported that June visitation to the park was up 6% over last June. That jives better with my subjective impression. It seems busy and it is busy. Unfortunately, poor Mariposa is way way way down in visitation, some 40% off last year for hotels. I hope they survive!

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