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Sociological Study of Backcountry Users at Grand Canyon National Park, 1984-1985 (ICPSR 8543) RSS

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Summary:

This study surveyed overnight backpackers in the Grand Canyon National Park backcountry between 1984 and 1985. The survey measured respondents' preferences, expectations and satisfaction levels regarding their Grand Canyon experiences. Topics covered include evaluation of reservation and permit procedures, respondent's previous backpacking experience, location and season of the hike, and demographic information. Other questions asked respondents to rate the trip planning facilities and services at the Backcountry Reservations Office, the conditions of the trails and campsites, their satisfaction with the other people encountered, and the kinds of experiences they sought.

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DS0:  Study-Level Files
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DS1:  Data from the hiking permit and data from survey mailing. - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS2:  Questions 1 to 7K - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS3:  Questions 7L to 9 - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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DS4:  Questions 10 to 13 - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS5:  Question 14A - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS6:  Question 14B - Download All Files (7 MB)
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DS7:  Questions 15A to 15DD - Download All Files (6.9 MB)
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DS8:  Questions 15EE to 16 - Download All Files (6.8 MB)
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DS9:  Questions 17 to 19 - Download All Files (6.7 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

Underhill, A. Heaton, William P. Stewart, Robert E. Manning, and Edwin H. Carpenter. Sociological Study of Backcountry Users at Grand Canyon National Park, 1984-1985. ICPSR08543-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08543.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of the Interior. National Park Service
  • University of Arizona. Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   backpacking, hiking, national parks, outdoor recreation

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1984-06-01--1985-05-31

Date of Collection:  

  • 1984-06-01--1985-05-31

Universe:   All trip leaders who obtained and used hiking permits from the Grand Canyon National Park Backcountry Reservation Office between June 1, 1984 and May 31, 1885.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data contain blanks and there are alphabetic characters. Part 1 contains data relevant to the administration of mailing the questionnaires or taken from the backcountry hiking permits. Parts 2-9 represent one logical file and taken together constitute the data from the returned surveys.

Methodology

Sample:   Stratified random sample

Data Source:

(1) Backcountry Reservation Office overnight camping permits, and (2) National Park Service Grand Canyon Backcountry Survey

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Version History:

  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 10 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.
  • 2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 10 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

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