Skip to Main Content
Wilderness recreation use: the current situationAuthor(s): Joseph W. Roggenbuck; Alan E. Watson
Source: In: Outdoor recreation benchmark 1988: proceedings of the National Outdoor Recreation Forum: Tampa, Florida, January 13-14, 1988. Gen. tech. rep. SE-52. Asheville, N.C.: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station: 394-398
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station
PDF: Download Publication (65 KB)
DescriptionThe total amount of recreational use of the National Wilderness Preservation System is currently at about 14.5 million visitor days per annum. Trends indicate a stable or declining overall use; use on a per acre basis is declining. The common stereotype of the wilderness user as young, wealthy, urban, leisured, and a nonresident of the State or region is largely incorrect. The one characteristic that does sharply distinguish wilderness users is their very high education level. Use patterns in wilderness also differ from commonly held perceptions. Size of individual user groups is small, and getting smaller. Most visits are day-use only. Distribution of use is highly skewed toward weekends and summers, but the trend is toward increased dispersal of use across time and space. Higher impact and consumptive activities like hunting and horse use are declining as a percentage of total use.
- You may send email to email@example.com to request a hard copy of this publication.
- (Please specify exactly which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
CitationRoggenbuck, Joseph W.; Watson, Alan E. 1989. Wilderness recreation use: the current situation. In: Outdoor recreation benchmark 1988: proceedings of the National Outdoor Recreation Forum: Tampa, Florida, January 13-14, 1988. Gen. tech. rep. SE-52. Asheville, N.C.: Southeastern Forest Experiment Station: 394-398
Keywordswilderness, recreation, visitors, demographics
- Hikers and recreational stock users: Predicting and managing recreation conflicts in three wildernesses
- Communicating minimum impact behavior with trailside bulletin boards: Visitor characteristics associated with effectiveness
- Bald Mountain Fire long term fire assessment - V1.0 9/24/2012
XML: View XML