The National Park Service recently announced that Yellowstone national park saw nearly 1 million visitors in July. That's roughly equivalent to last year's attendance figures and up from 2009.
Overall national park attendance has approached all time records these past two years, despite one of the worst economies in nearly 70 years. The strong visitation is indicative of the value Americans place upon their system.
Unleashing Colter's Hell, the new novel by former park ranger Sean Smith is set in Yellowstone National Park. The story sweeps the park from the historic headquarters at Mammoth hot springs to the remote back country of Shoshone Lake. Anyone who has visited the park and even those who haven't will recognize some of the park's more iconic settings.
I chose Yellowstone for the location of my first novel, because many Americans have a strong connection to this part of the world. It makes a powerful backdrop for the a political thriller like Unleashing Colter's Hell.
Look for it soon.