MOOSE, Wyo. — Grand Teton National Park recorded the second busiest October on record for recreational visits.

The park hosted an estimated 245,834 recreation visits in October 2021. This is a 32% increase from October 2019 and a 30% decrease from October 2020.

From January to October 2021, there was a 7% increase in recreation visits compared to the entire year of 2018, which previously hosted the park’s highest amount of recreation visits on record.

Camping, backcountry camping, and trail use in the park all increased in October 2021 compared to October 2019, said Grand Teton National Park.

October recreation visits over the last several years:

  • October 2021—245,834
  • October 2020—351,173* COVID-19 pandemic
  • October 2019—186,487
  • October 2018—207,534
  • October 2017—187,499
  • October 2016—186,185

In Yellowstone National Park, visitation was down 12% in October compared to October 2020, the busiest October on record.

Park staff are analyzing data and studies conducted over the summer to better understand changing visitation trends and to identify issues and opportunities to be addressed in Grand Teton National Park. More information on those trends and issues will be shared with stakeholders and the general public in the coming months said the park.


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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.