Fewer visit Yosemite as summer season ends

Yosemite National Park saw 2.38 million visitors during the summerYosemite National Park saw 2.38 million visitors during the summerYosemite National Park had a less than phenomenal summer season as the number of visitors dropped by 6.1 percent compared to last year.
Between June and September, 2.38 million came into the park compared to 2.53 million in the summer of 2011.

However, that didn't mean people weren't spending a lot of time there as the number of hours that visitors stayed jumped up 27 percent from 44.1 million hours last summer to 56.2 million this year.

Meanwhile, overnight stays also increased, going from 1.06 million overnight stays last year to 1.53 million this past summer.

The drop in total visitors comes when park officials work to contain the threat of Hantavirus, a disease caused by mice droppings that infected five and killed three who stayed in the park's Curry Village cabins over the summer.

Visitorship tends to drop dramatically during the winter when the weather is cold and many roads are closed.

From December 2011 to March 2012, 518,000 visitors spent a total of 7,18 million hours in the park.

Yosemite National Park saw more than 3.9 million visitors in 2011, the highest total since 1996. In 2010, visitors to the park spent $354,7 million, up nearly one percent from the previous year, supporting 4,653 jobs.