Great Year for Tourism

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.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.