National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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10. Capitol Reef NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 186.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 342,788 — 0.64% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 981,038 — 1.44% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,226,519 — 1.35% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 257.8% — the 13th largest increase

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9. Zion NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 219.6%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 1,123,846 — 2.08% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 3,591,254 — 5.29% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 4,488,268 — 4.93% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 299.4% — the 8th largest increase

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8. Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 224.0%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 142,427 — 0.26% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 461,532 — 0.68% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 527,546 — 0.58% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 270.4% — the 12th largest increase

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7. Great Basin NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 260.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 33,383 — 0.06% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 120,248 — 0.18% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 131,802 — 0.14% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 294.8% — the 10th largest increase

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6. Arches NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 326.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 290,519 — 0.54% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 1,238,083 — 1.82% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,659,702 — 1.82% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 471.3% — the 5th largest increase

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