Grand Teton sets June visitation record

With Yellowstone setting a June visitation record, it’s no surprise we also saw a Grand Teton June 2021 visitation record, with an estimated 752,114 recreation visits.

The National Park Service tallying 938,845 recreation visits in Yellowstone in June 2021. The Grand Teton June 2021 visitation record is a 61 percent increase from June 2020 (468,201 recreation visits) and a 20 percent increase from June 2019 (625,441 recreation visits).

The list below shows June recreation visits over the last several years:

  • June 2021, 752,114
  • June 2020, 468,201
  • June 2019, 625,441
  • June 2018, 627,055
  • June 2017, 637,683

 All in all, camping in Grand Teton increased 36 percent in June 2021 compared to June 2019, while backcountry camping increased 73 percent. Trail use in the park increased 38 percent in June, compared to June 2019, on trails where use is counted.

Park staff are collecting data and conducting studies to better understand changing visitation trends in Grand Teton National Park. Historically, July and August have been the busiest months of the year at the park. Recent trends include increased visitation in the spring and fall.

The park is initiating several studies this summer regarding changing visitation, including visitor-use and experience studies at Colter Bay, Taggart and Lupine Meadow areas. These studies will survey visitors in these areas to gain a better understanding of visitor demographics, visitor expectations, and more.

A transportation and visitor movement study is also being conducted in late July and early August to gain a comprehensive understanding of transportation and visitor movement to, through, and within the park.

This study will help park managers understand the relationships among the number of vehicles entering the park and the levels of use at key areas within the park. Identifying common visitor traffic patterns and understanding how visitors disperse and move throughout the parks is also part of this study.  

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