Carbon County Tourism Council on tourism season:
“Thankfully a very successful hunting season and some major oil industry projects in the area led to a much more successful fall season than expected. Major hotels reported 100% occupancy September through December definitely helped Carbon County Visitors’ Council’s revenue. By the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year we were minus $20,000 from the 2010 collections for the same period. However, thanks to our exceptional fall, we are now only down $1,500 (FY to date) and expect to actually be ahead after the first deposit of 2012.
Other happenings in Rawlins and Carbon County this season include the continued progress of the Tourism Assessment. Rawlins is on track, having met the one year goals on time. Upcoming related projects include interpretive signage on the Rawlins Uplift and a walking trail; as well as way finding throughout Rawlins in partnership with WBC and Main Street.”
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody has been named by the National Tour Association as one of the United States' favorite museums, winning a bronze award and tying with the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The BBHC has a varied collection of western art, firearms and natural history.
The museum currently is remodeling its exhibits for its namesake, Buffalo Bill.
Big Horn Basin featured in National Geo
The Big Hom Basin – and Polecat Bench specifically – are featured prominently in an article in the October issue of National Geographic magazine.
The story delves into how paleontologists have found rich fossil evidence in the region that has helped shed light on the rise of modern mammals.
The story may be viewed at http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0207/feature6/assignment1.html
Yellowstone again tops 3m visitors for 2011
Yellowstone National Park has topped the 3 million mark for the fifth straight year, including 2011.
Overall visitation to Yellowstone for 2011 was 3,394,321, which was down 6.8 percent from 2010’s record 3,640,184 people who visited the park. However, this past year’s visitation was the second highest recorded.