Indian rock shelter, Carlsbad Caverns

You could not tell by the record breaking crowds at Governors Island this summer, but attendance is down this year at the National Parks.  High gas prices and a stronger dollar in relation to the euro seem to be the main culprits.  I imagine this overall drop does not include the Civil War battlefields, where attendance has increased in recent years and is skyrocketing now that the sesquicentennial is in full swing.  When I volunteered in the Interpretation Division at Ellis Island a sizable portion of our visitors came from Europe. This afternoon the Hayfoot and I are having lunch in Little India with one of the Ellis rangers.  I have not seen him in several months and am curious to know if he saw an attendance drop off over the summer.

Fall is a great time to visit your parks.

(Image/Daniel Mayer)