MOOSE, WY—Grand Teton National Park received 3,885,230 recreational visits in 2021, the most recreational visits in one year in the park’s history. Previously, 2018 had the record for the most recreational visits in a year with 3,491,151. Recreational visits in 2021 exceed the 2018 record by 11% and surpassed the 2018 record in September 2021.

“Ensuring that Americans have the opportunity to enjoy their national parks is a key part of the National Park Service’s mission and it’s clear that people are enjoying Grand Teton National Park at unprecedented levels and in new ways. “said Chip, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park. Jenkins. “We also have a responsibility to ensure that the landscapes and wildlife that are essential to the Grand Teton experience are protected for future generations of visitors. We are in the early stages of identifying issues and potential impacts of evolving tours and engaging with the wider community and stakeholders to discuss what we and they are seeing.

In addition to a record year, six of the twelve months of 2021 also recorded their highest ever leisure visits for that month. Peak months include: January, March, April, May, June and July, with July 2021 being the busiest month in Grand Teton history with over 800,000 recreational visits.

Monthly trend of recreational visits over the past three years to Grand Teton National Park

The five best years for recreational visits to Grand Teton National Park are:

  • 2021—3,885,230
  • 2018—3,491,151
  • 2019— 3,405,614
  • 2017— 3,317,000
  • 2020— 3,289,639* COVID-19 pandemic

Among the top ten national parks for recreational visits, Grand Teton National Park was the seventh highest. For National Park Service annual visitation highlights, visit the NPS Social Science webpage and for national summaries and individual park figures, visit the Visitor Use Statistics webpage.

The park has also seen an increase in trail usage. During the summer of 2021, trail use increased by approximately 29% compared to 2019. Five years ago, since 2017, trail use increased by approximately 49%

Grand Teton Park staff continue to analyze data and studies conducted during the summer of 2021 to better understand changing visitor trends in the park. Studies include visitor use and experience studies at Colter Bay, Taggart and Lupine Meadows trailheads, which surveyed visitors in these areas to better understand visitor demographics, visitor expectations , etc Additionally, a park-wide visitor mobility study was conducted this summer to identify common travel patterns and visitor flows. The results of the study are expected in the summer of 2022.

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