National parks saw a record-setting number of visitors last year. Were they too much of a good thing?

By Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times

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In Yosemite, which has been counting visitors since 1906, rangers tallied 5.03 million last year. That broke the previous record of 4.15 million visitors in 2015.

In Joshua Tree, where counting began in 1941, rangers totaled 2.51 million visitors in 2016. That surpassed the previous record of 2 million in 2015.

In Death Valley, where visitors have been counted since 1933, rangers tallied 1,296,283 visitors, up from 1.15 million in 2015.

In Sequoia, where record-keeping began in 1906, rangers counted 1.25 million breaking the old record of 1.14 million in 1987.

The NPS’ 2016 marketing effort included the Every Kid in a Park campaign, led by the White House, which set a goal of getting every fourth-grader in the U.S. to visit at least one park between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. (Read More)

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