The National Parks Centennial in 2016 led to a spike in park visitation, especially at two national park units in our backyard.
The parks system reported a system-wide increase of nearly eight percent in visits last year.
But, Channel Islands National park had even better numbers, with a 13% hike in visitation during 2016. 342,000 people visited the park. And, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, which includes parts of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, had a nearly 14% increase. It had 906,000 visitors.