GTNP sees record visitation in January

JACKSON, Wyo. — According to recent statistics released by the National Park Service, Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) saw the highest recreational visitation on record for January 2021.

January 2021 saw a whopping 66,585 recreational visitors compared to 51,648 in Jan. 2020. According to park statistics, the only other year when January topped 60,000 visitors was in 2003, at 61,043 visitors.

The park also hosted 3,289,639 recreation visits in 2020; making last year the fourth-highest number of recreation visits for one year in the park’s history. Of the top ten national parks for recreation visits, Grand Teton National Park was the fifth highest.

In 2020 the park was closed for almost two months, March 24-May 18, due to health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Compared to 2019, total recreation visits decreased by only 3.4%, despite the pandemic.

Grand Teton National Park Superintendent Chip Jenkins said, “National parks and public lands were extremely important to everyone this past year, providing fresh air, open space, and respite from the pandemic. We anticipate that we will see continued high interest in visiting Grand Teton National Park.”

The top five years for recreation visits in Grand Teton National Park are:

  • 2018                      3,491,151
  • 2019                      3,405,614
  • 2017                      3,317,000
  • 2020                      3,289,639
  • 2016                      3,270,076
GTNP monthly recreation visits over the past five years. (Jan. 2021 not shown in graph) Photo: NPS
For National Park Service annual visitation highlights with interesting charts and graphs visit the NPS Social Science web page and for national summaries and individual park figures visit the Visitor Use Statistics web page.

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Jacob Gore was born and raised in Cheyenne, the capital city of Wyoming. As a proud Wyomingite, he loves to share his home with visitors from around the world. Spending years in Jackson and Alaska as an interpretive nature guide, he remains a photographer, traveler, storyteller, and avid hobbyist of all-things outdoors. Jacob enjoys bridging the connection between Jackson and the rest of the state.

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