Visitor Inputs to Recreation Opportunity Spectrum Allocation and Monitoring
Keywords:Recreation Opportunity Spectrum, users' subjective perceptions, measuring setting components, market analysis, natural condition, social density.
AbstractVisitors' subjective impressions of the biophysical, social, and managerial setting relations in the Recreation Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) may not correspond with objective inventory and analysis criteria. This paper reports results of two studies that utilized a questionnaire to measure easy access car campers' subjective evaluations of the ROS setting components. Results of natural condition and social density relations are reported that show a diversity of preferences. Further analysis segmented campers based on their past experience camping at the campground where contacted. For both studies this approach provided a basis for identifying potential problem areas and providing managers with insights for solving these potential problems.
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