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It Knocked my Socks Off

In 2010 614,115 cars visited Mt. Rainier containing 1,731,913 people with money in their pockets eager to spend it somewhere!

I just read an article in the Times this morning that tourism was up last year in King County and that signs were hopeful for more increases this summer.  This prompted me to start thinking again about getting some of those increased tourists to stop in Enumclaw.

Enumclaw is truly the “gateway” to Mt. Rainier for people approaching this side of the mountain from the west (I suppose they could bypass Enumclaw by taking Mud Mountain Road, but this is highly unlikely).  So I thought it would be fun to see how many visitors actually travel to Mt. Rainier annually.  The number literally knocked my socks off.  In 2010 614,115 cars visited containing 1,731,913 people with money in their pockets eager to spend it somewhere!  One point 7 million and some odd people!!!

If only 10% ( we could do better than this) of those cars stopped in Enumclaw that would be about 173,191 people shopping and if they only spent $2.00 each that would add about $300,000 in somebody’s pocket.  Does anyone think that Enumclaw is somehow missing the boat?  All is not lost however since the boat this year hasn’t really sailed yet and there is plenty of time to get on board.  Anyone for a boat ride?

 

Mount Rainier Annual Visitor Statistics 2000-2010

National Park Service

U.S. Department of the Interior

Mount Rainier National Park Web Site

www.nps.gov/mora

 

Year

Number of Vehicles

Number of Visitors

 

2000

681,566

1,970,406

 

2001

671,084

1,940,104

 

2002

650,842

1,899,512

 

2003

649,172

1,857,562

 

2004

600,789

1,812,978

 

2005

618,864

1,757,910

 

2006

562,471

1,619,117

 

2007

550,168

1,567,866

 

2008

625,631

1,736,037

 

2009

609,000

1,701,153

 

2010

614,115

1,731,913

 

 

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April Chan March 02, 2012 at 06:47 AM
The data comes from this website as a pdf for anyone who wants a copy: http://www.nps.gov/mora/parkmgmt/upload/vis-stats-1967-2010-2.pdf. Interesting though I wonder if the park also keeps tabs on how many visitors go through which entry points. These numbers include folks who might enter through the Longmire side and ever cross into Enumclaw. Then again, with Chinook Pass open in the summers and Sunrise in particular, it could be the bulk of the visitors do come through town.
John Locatelli March 02, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Hi April—the key word in your reply is “through” unfortunately. Visitors to Mt. Rainier go”through” town, but mostly do not stop “in” town. Delivering flowers in the area really makes me realize what a gorgeous setting Enumclaw is in. Enumclaw reminds me so much of the small towns in the Canadian Rockies that have similar settings, but loads and loads more tourists stopping there. Tourists need to be given reasons to stop here.
Marian Brown March 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Completely agree...we need to get those going "through" town to stop...and one way is word of mouth with the locals who support local business as well. We will be having our third meeting of the Women's Networking Group of the Greater Plateau on Thursday, March 8 from 11:30 - 1:00 pm at the Rendezvous. We welcome everyone -- (men are welcome too!) Here is the link to the event on Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/events/184116071696874/ and it is posted on the Patch as well.

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