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Measures of wilderness trip satisfaction and user perceptions of crowding

Posted date: March 09, 2006
Publication Year: 
2000
Authors: Dawson, Chad P.; Watson, Alan E.
Publication Series: 
Proceedings (P)
Source: In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 93-98
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Abstract

The inverse relationship between user perceptions of crowding and satisfaction with the wilderness experience was studied in three national wilderness areas in Oregon (1991) and in four state wilderness areas in the Adirondack Park of New York State (1997). User perceptions of crowding were correlated (low negative coefficients) with user satisfaction on the wilderness trip experience, but only a small proportion of the total variance was explained in the path analysis models. The authors emphasize that future research should identify what contributes to wilderness trip satisfaction since satisfaction often remains high despite perceptions of crowding.

Citation

Dawson, Chad P.; Watson, Alan E. 2000. Measures of wilderness trip satisfaction and user perceptions of crowding. In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference—Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management; 1999 May 23–27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 93-98