Mild weather during the first quarter of 2021 contributed to a record number of visitors for Montana State Parks.
MSP recorded 393,175 park visitors in the first quarter, a 20.2% increase over 2020 and a 78% increase over the same period in 2019. Of the 40 state parks that were seasonally open during this period, 80% experienced an increase in estimated visitation compared with last year.
Day use and camping occupancy are projected to rise across the state during the spring and summer months.
The highest visitation in the Southwest Montana Region was at Missouri Headwaters State Park in Th...