National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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5. Katmai NP & PRES
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 335.6%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 11,824 — 0.02% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 51,511 — 0.08% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 84,167 — 0.09% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 611.8% — the 3rd largest increase

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4. Joshua Tree NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 340.0%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 545,357 — 1.01% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 2,399,542 — 3.53% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 2,988,547 — 3.28% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 448.0% — the 6th largest increase

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3. Cuyahoga Valley NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 389.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 563,300 — 1.04% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 2,755,628 — 4.06% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 2,237,997 — 2.46% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 297.3% — the 9th largest increase

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2. Dry Tortugas NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 461.6%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 8,644 — 0.02% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 48,543 — 0.07% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 79,200 — 0.09% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 816.2% — the 2nd largest increase

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1. Canyonlands NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: 774.1%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 56,505 — 0.10% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 493,914 — 0.73% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 733,996 — 0.81% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 1,199.0% — the largest increase

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