Saturday, September 06, 2008

RVers flock to Yellowstone despite high fuel costs

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — In the heart of the park here on a recent warm day, the spaces at Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park were jammed full with RVs and camping equipment.

The RV site, situated in a quiet pine forest, was "full," according to a sign at the registration office. All 358 spaces were taken.

Despite high fuel prices and a sputtering economy that have hurt RV sales and caused many people to put the brakes on vacation plans, there have been plenty of the lumbering, gas-guzzling rigs looking for a spot to temporarily set down roots this year.

More than 1.1 million RVs visited National Park Service campgrounds through the first seven months of this year, according to preliminary NPS figures.

The numbers are down about 6% from the same period last year, but Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said they are still strong numbers, noting that July and August are the busiest months for RV camping in national parks and many campers are out during the fall.
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