August visitation up at Grand Teton National Park
September 16, 2020
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming hosted an estimated 710,198 recreation visits in August 2020, a 1.2% increase compared to August 2019. Park statistics show that August 2020 saw the second highest number of recreation visits on record for the month of August, surpassed only by August 2017 (due to total solar eclipse).
The list below shows the August trend for recreation visits over the last several years:
2017-716,690 (Total Solar Eclipse)
2016-633,657 (Berry Fire)
Most hiking trails in the park had increased daily traffic this summer and all campgrounds in the park were filling earlier each day when compared to previous summers. In general, hiking use in the park has increased approximately 26% and camping in concession-operated campgrounds increased 13% with backcountry camping down 10% in August 2020 compared to August 2019.
While August 2020 saw a slight increase in recreation visits compared to August 2019, in July of this year, Grand Teton hosted an estimated 755,762 recreation visits, a 3% decrease compared to July 2019. This was the fourth highest number of recreation visits on record for the month of July.
Closing dates for seasonally operated facilities can be found at https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/hours.htm.
More data on National Park Service visitor-use statistics is available at https://irma.nps.gov/STATS/.