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Death Valley’s 2017 attendance just misses setting all-time record

By in Press Enterprise on February 5, 2018

By David Downey

Death Valley National Park celebrated another banner year in 2017, nearly matching its all-time attendance record set the year before, National Park Service officials reported Sunday, Feb. 4.

The mysterious park with extreme landscapes and climates drew a total of 1,294,827 visitors in 2017, merely 1,456 fewer than the record, a park news release stated.

Park officials said they were surprised to see 2017 visitation run roughly equal to 2016, when a rare “super bloom” of wildflowers and the National Park Service’s 100th birthday celebration drew many tourists.

Visitation figures for other national parks in 2017 were not immediately available.

Death Valley’s numbers stand in stark contrast to the 9,970 people who visited in 1933, when it was established as a national monument. Death Valley became a national park in 1994.

With approximately 3.4 million acres, Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous 48 states, and has elevations ranging from 282 feet below sea level at Badwater Basin — the lowest point in North America — to over 11,000 feet atop Telescope Peak.

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