If you've decided not to visit a national park because of increasing entrance fees, you're probably not alone.
Check out these visitation figures from park units clustered around the Four Corners region. The figures represent the decrease, or increase, in visitation since 1997 when the Park Service was first allowed to increase entrance fees and hold onto that change and last year.
While the missing visitors weren't asked why they stopped visiting the park units, is it mere coincidence that the drops occurred since "Fee Demo" took root?
Aztec National Monument: Down 34%
Bandelier National Monument: Down 40%
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park: Down 24%
Chaco National Historic Park: Down 67%
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Down 22%
Great Sand Dunes National Park: Down 17%
Hovenweep National Monument: Up 8%
Mesa Verde National Park: Down 11%
Natural Bridges National Monument: Down 36%
Rocky Mountain National Park: Down 7%
Add all the numbers up and they represent a drop of more than 1.2 million visitors to these parks.