National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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50. Carlsbad Caverns NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -72.7%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 672,963 — 1.25% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 183,835 — 0.27% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 440,691 — 0.48% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -34.5% — the 4th largest decrease

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49. Virgin Islands NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -69.4%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 547,918 — 1.02% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 167,540 — 0.25% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 133,398 — 0.15% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -75.7% — the 2nd largest decrease

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48. Hawaii Volcanoes NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -65.2%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 1,692,338 — 3.14% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 589,775 — 0.87% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 1,368,376 — 1.50% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -19.1% — the 4th smallest decrease

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47. Isle Royale NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -56.6%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 14,977 — 0.03% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 6,493 — 0.01% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 26,410 — 0.03% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 76.3% — the 24th largest increase

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46. Kings Canyon NP
> Change in visits, 1980-2020: -49.3%
> Recreation visits in 1980: 819,065 — 1.52% of all NP recreation visits in 1980
> Recreation visits in 2020: 415,077 — 0.61% of all NP recreation visits in 2020
> Recreation visits in 2019: 632,110 — 0.69% of all NP recreation visits in 2019
> Change in visits, 1980-2019 -22.8% — the 5th largest decrease