In April 2020, the park was closed to visitors due to COVID-19. This past April the park reported the highest visitation rates on record. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

MOOSE, Wyo. — Grand Teton National Park released data today pertaining to visitation levels recorded in April 2021.

Park statistics show that April 2021 had the highest number of recreation visits on record for the month of April.

The park hosted an estimated 87,739 recreation visits in April 2021, a 48% increase compared to April 2019. The park was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, there were 0 visitors reported.

The park also collects data for total visitors, which includes non-recreational visitors. In April 2021, 189,325 total visitors passed through the park.

The list below shows April recreation visits over the last several years:
2020—Park was closed due to COVID-19 pandemic

According to the Park, the staff is working to provide quality visitor experiences as a predicted busy summer season approaches. Visitors to the park are highly encouraged to plan ahead and recreate responsibly in order to make the most of their visit and to help ensure the landscape may be enjoyed by future generations.

Consistent with CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks inside park facilities or outdoors. A person is considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after their final dose of the vaccine.

Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.

Reservations are required for all park campgrounds and can be booked on

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.