Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park visitation was up in April 2021 when compared to April 2019, as the interest in park visitation began early this year.
There were 67,508 recreation visitors to Yellowstone National Park in April 2021, a month that saw only partial road and facilities openings. This compares to 48,150 recreation visitors to Yellowstone National Park in April 2019. This was the last comparable year for Yellowstone visitation, as the Park was closed in April 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The year-to-year numbers indicate 40 percent growth for Yellowstone National Park visitation.
We saw the same upward trend in Grand Teton National Park, which welcomed 87,739 recreation visitors in April 2021. This compares to 59,105 recreation visitors in April 2019. The year-to-year numbers indicate 48 percent growth.
The lesson is clear. All signs point to this being an exceptionally busy summer in both Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
Photo by Jacob W. Frank, courtesy National Park Service.