Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Grand Teton Records Highest Visitation Counts in 37 Years

According to data collected by the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics website, Grand Teton National Park recorded the highest number of visitors in the last 37 years in 2015. During this past year 3,149,920 people visited the park, compared to 2,791,393 in 2014, an increase of 12.8%. Although the highest in the last 37 years, this past years' figure is still well below the record that was set in 1970, when 3,352,500 people visited the park.

With the National Park Service celebrating its centennial this year, I wouldn't be surprised to see even more park visitors in 2016.

Below is a graphical look at visitation counts since Grand Teton became a national park. Curiously, the park experienced a massive slump in the 1980s - unlike any of the other parks I track. If anyone has any insight as to why, or what happened during that time period, please feel free to leave a comment.

If you plan to visit the Grand Tetons this upcoming year, be sure to check out our new hiking website to help plan all your hiking adventures, as well as your accommodations and other things to do during your visit.


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