News September 15, 2020

Pandemic Not Slowing Park Visitation

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Despite the national downturn in travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Teton National Park experienced the second busiest August on record, only slightly trailing August 2017 when the solar eclipse took place. According to park officials, Grand Teton hosted an estimated 710,198 recreational visits in August 2020, which was a 1.2% increase compared to August 2019.

This summer, most hiking trails in the park saw increased daily traffic and all campgrounds in the park were filling earlier each day when compared with previous summers. In general, hiking use in the park increased approximately 26% and camping in concession-operated campgrounds increased 13%, with backcountry camping down 10% in August 2020 compared with August 2019. While August 2020 saw a slight increase in recreational visits compared with the same month in 2019, Grand Teton hosted an estimated 755,762 recreation visits during July of this year, a 3% decrease from July 2019. However, it was still the fourth highest number of recreational visits on record for the month of July.