Grand Teton National Park visitation strong

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Following the announcement earlier this week that Grand Teton National Park experienced the second busiest September in its history, park officials have announced 2021 so far has been the busiest year-to-date on record. Grand Teton National Park hosted 3,493,937 recreation visits between January and September of 2021, already surpassing the park’s busiest full year on record with three months to go in 2021. 

Previously, 2018 had the record for most recreation visits in a year with 3,491,151 visits. Of the past nine months, six have been record setting for visitation. Some of the largest increases in recreation visits occurred during the shoulder season, including the months of March, April, and May. Summer visitation during June, July, August also increased with July 2021 recording the busiest month ever for recreation visits in Grand Teton National Park. 

Heavy visitation has also impacted the park’s trail system. During the 2021 summer, trail use increased approximately 29%, compared to 2019. Looking back five years ago, since 2017, trail use has increased approximately 49%. 

Grand Teton park staff continue to analyze data and studies conducted over the summer to better understand changing visitation trends in the park and what needs to be done to accommodate them.

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