Rocky Mountain Research Station Publications

RMRS Online Publication - Journal Articles, External Publications, and Special Reports
Wilderness visitor experiences: A selective review of 50 years of research


Cole, David N. 2012. Wilderness visitor experiences: A selective review of 50 years of research. Park Science. 28(3). Online: http://www.nature.nps.gov/ParkScience/index.cfm?ArticleID=545&Page=1.

Two of the foremost conclusions from 50 years of research on wilderness visitors are that experiences are highly idiosyncratic and visitors are highly adaptable. The reasons people visit wilderness, their experiential aspirations, and their experiences in wilderness vary greatly among people and within people from visit to visit. Along with people's adaptability to the conditions they find in wilderness, this diversity challenges managers in their efforts to provide high-quality wilderness experiences. Despite the existence of extensive research literature, managers seeking to steward wilderness experiences still must make difficult decisions about who and what they are managing for.

Keywords: solitude, wilderness experience, wilderness visitors


About PDFs: For best results, do not open the PDF in your Web browser. Right-click on the PDF link to download the PDF file directly to your computer. Click here for more PDF help.


Download Article
http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs_other/rmrs_2012_cole_d001.pdf

PDF File Size: 480 K


Title: RMRS Other Publications: Wilderness visitor experiences: A selective review of 50 years of research
Electronic Publish Date: March 22, 2012
Last Update:
March 22, 2012

RMRS Publications | Order a publication | Contact Us