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Visitor Studies

Since 1988, the Park Studies Unit has conducted over 300 in-depth visitor studies for parks, historic sites, and monuments of the National Park Service. Download the reports, questionnaires and visitor comments related to each study. You may also download focus group reports and Money Generation Model reports. 

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Visitor Satisfaction Surveys  

Survey cards are distributed each year to visitors at Bureau of Land Management sites in 13 states. The project measures visitor satisfaction with site facilities, services, and recreational opportunities, to assist agencies in complying with the Government Performance and Results Act. Download the 2013 BLM Visitor Satisfaction Survey reports.

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Commercial Services Program

The Commercial Services Program is a study of visitor satisfaction with concessioner services - retail, dining, lodging, guide services, and marinas – provided in units of the National Park System. Download 2012 Commercial Services Data Reports.

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VSP Database

The Visitor Services Project online database contains data from over 300 park studies, including visitor demographics, activities, spending, recreation preferences, perceptions of crowding, satisfaction with services, opinions of park management, and more. Access the raw data (in SAS, SPS, and txt), a database of all questions in PSU survey questionnaires and each study’s reports.


U.S. Department of the Interior

In 2010 the Park Studies Unit conducted a study of Department of the Interior employee commuting behaviors to estimate greenhouse gas emissions,
and evaluated policies to promote lower carbon-emitting commuting alternatives. The PSU continues to work with DOI
on 2012 emission estimates.