Grand Teton visits down slightly

Grand Teton National Park, WY – Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming is reporting a slight decrease in recreation visits for the 2008-09 winter season.

Grand Teton park visits dropped 2.5 percent from December 2008 to March 2009 compared with the same period in 2007-08, a difference of about 4,400 visitors.

Much of Grand Teton's winter drop can be attributed to an 11.5 percent decline in December, when several weeks of poor snowfall were followed by extreme avalanche danger that kept many visitors out of the backcountry.

By contrast, neighboring Yellowstone National Park reported a visitation decline of more than 13 percent this winter.