National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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25. Saguaro NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 24.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 611,317 — 1.13% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 762,226 — 1.12% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,020,226 — 1.12% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 66.9% — the 22nd smallest increase

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24. Rocky Mountain NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 25.1%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 2,641,937 — 4.90% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 3,305,199 — 4.87% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 4,670,053 — 5.13% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 76.8% — the 23rd largest increase

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23. Grand Canyon NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 25.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 2,304,973 — 4.27% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 2,897,098 — 4.26% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 5,974,411 — 6.56% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 159.2% — the 18th largest increase

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22. Grand Teton NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 28.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 2,555,627 — 4.74% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 3,289,638 — 4.84% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 3,405,614 — 3.74% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 33.3% — the 15th smallest increase

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21. Death Valley NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 32.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 618,140 — 1.15% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 820,023 — 1.21% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,740,945 — 1.91% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 181.6% — the 15th largest increase