North Dakota reports record camping numbers amid pandemic
BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota’s 13 state parks have hit record camping numbers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state’s Parks and Recreation Department reported a 35% increase in campsite nights from May 1-Oct. 31 compared to the same period in 2019.
Camping boomed in September and October over 2019. Annual park pass sales were up 18% this year from 2019.
Parks and Recreation Director Andrea Travnicek says people want to take advantage of the open spaces during the pandemic.