It’s been a great year for tourism so far. According to Uintah County Travel and Tourism Director Lesha Coltharp, tourism at Dinosaur National Monument was up 4.8% in September, by nearly 6% through the summer and up 11% in May compared to last year. Steinaker and Red Fleet State Park are also reporting record numbers this year for visitors both on the lake and in the campgrounds. Coltharp says it’s always exciting to see the monthly visitation counts come in each month. “Last year we saw a huge increase of more than 16% in year over year visitation from the previous year,” shares Coltharp, “so to see an increase again this year is really exciting.” Uintah County launched the fun ‘Vern and Al’ campaign this year and continued the ‘Beyond the Bones’ and ‘Visit the Real Thing’ campaigns. There has also been new events at the Uintah Conference Center, Western Park, mountain biking and sporting events that have all played a role in the successful tourism year.