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Utah Public Lands Filled With Campers During Pandemic

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Camping reservations in Utah have been booming in the wake of the pandemic, a report said.

People were looking for outdoor activities that are secure and accessible for travelers, as per The Camping Crunch released by the Center for Western Priorities.

According to the report, the number of occupancy in Utah campsites in summer almost doubled from 28 percent in 2014 to 49 percent in 2020.

National park visits during the summer of 2021 broke previous records, according to the report. Camping spots were difficult to find for the state’s Mighty 5.

However, it poses a challenge.

“The explosion of interest in the immersive experience of camping on public lands shows how much these lands are loved by the American people. However, there is a desperate need to protect the treasured areas that our communities depend on and ensure that they remain intact, especially during an ongoing pandemic and in the face of the accelerating climate and nature crises,” the report read.

“Recent trends in protected area and national park usage further demonstrate the need to expand these popular designations in order to distribute campers across a larger area and drive visitation across different seasons. At the same time, increased funding and recreation management planning is needed to ensure the integrity of popular locations for camping.”

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