Perhaps one silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for people who love the outdoors, is that people were forced to spend more time outside. According to a OnePoll survey from September 2020, about 60% of the 2,000 participants said they did not appreciate nature as much as they should have before the pandemic. About 40% said they had actually become more physically active, engaging in outdoor activities.

For most of 2020, people were asked to avoid getting together or meeting indoors. Instead, many turned to parks. As health officials discouraged nonessential travel, international tourism nearly screeched to a halt, and some parks closing for a portion of the year, visitations to national parks fell by about a third in 2020 compared to 2019. Still, millions of Americans ventured out into the wilderness.

To identify the national parks that have grown in popularity, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on the change in recreational visits between 1980 and 2020 published in the National Park Serviceâ€™s annual visitation report.

The vast majority of parks on this list gained popularity up through 2019, but visits dropped in 2020 as access was restricted due to COVID-19 and attendance dropped. For example, recreational visits to the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska increased from merely 95,000 in 1980 to over 672,000 in 2019 but dropped to nearly 6,000 in 2020.

Another national park in Alaska had a similar fate. More than 216,000 people visited Denali National Park and Preserve. The number of visitors grew to more than 601,000 in 2019, only to collapse to about 55,000 in 2020.

Over the last four decades, the list of the most popular national parks every year has remained largely unchanged with Great Smoky Mountains along the North Carolina and Tennessee border topping the charts every year. These all-time favorite parks have seen 20% to 50% growth in the number of visits over the years. Other parks that are somewhat less popular, however, have seen a growth of more than 700%.

Exploring the wilderness, hiking through mountains, and sleeping under the stars are just some of the nature experiences these parks have to offer, often free of charge. And these are the national parks that had the most visitors in 2020.

Methodology

To identify the national parks that have grown in popularity, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on the change in recreational visits between 1980 and 2020 published in the National Park Serviceâ€™s annual visitation report. The NPS aggregates visitation data for various government land designations and visitation purposes. Only National Parks (NP) and National Parks and Preserves (NP & PRES) were considered in our analysis.

To avoid double counting land area, designations such as national monuments and historic sites, which are frequently contained within national parks and are often limited to single structures, were excluded.

Visitation data for each park for 2019 was also obtained from the NPS.

Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES, Kenai Fjords NP, Kobuk Valley NP, Lake Clark NP & PRES were excluded because they were officially established as national parks on Dec. 2, 1980 and were not in the NPS data for 1980 visits.

Congaree NP and National Park of American Samoa were excluded because they were not officially established as national parks until 2003 and 1988, respectively, and were not in the NPS data for 1980.

NPS did not have recreation visits data for New River Gorge NP & PRES and Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES, which were established as national parks in 1978.

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**55. North Cascades NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -96.1%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 796,079 — 1.48% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 30,885 — 0.05% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 38,208 — 0.04% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** -95.2% — the largest decrease

**54. Glacier Bay NP & PRES**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -93.9%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 95,005 — 0.18% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 5,748 — 0.01% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 672,087 — 0.74% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 607.4% — the 4th largest increase

**53. Mammoth Cave NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -80.6%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,495,787 — 2.77% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 290,392 — 0.43% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 551,590 — 0.61% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** -63.1% — the 3rd largest decrease

**52. Gateway Arch NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -74.8%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,928,825 — 3.58% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 486,021 — 0.72% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 2,055,309 — 2.26% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 6.6% — the 3rd smallest increase

**51. Denali NP & PRES**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -74.6%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 216,361 — 0.40% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 54,850 — 0.08% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 601,152 — 0.66% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 177.8% — the 16th largest increase

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**45. Mesa Verde NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -46.7%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 539,257 — 1.00% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 287,477 — 0.42% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 556,203 — 0.61% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 3.1% — the 2nd smallest increase

**44. Redwood NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -43.8%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 471,710 — 0.87% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 265,177 — 0.39% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 504,722 — 0.55% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 7.0% — the 4th smallest increase

**43. Petrified Forest NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -43.7%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 683,121 — 1.27% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 384,483 — 0.57% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 643,588 — 0.71% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** -5.8% — the smallest decrease

**42. Haleakala NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -43.0%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 560,238 — 1.04% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 319,147 — 0.47% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 994,394 — 1.09% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 77.5% — the 22nd largest increase

**41. White Sands NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -18.8%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 511,476 — 0.95% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 415,383 — 0.61% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 608,785 — 0.67% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 19.0% — the 8th smallest increase

**40. Yosemite NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -8.9%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 2,490,282 — 4.62% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 2,268,313 — 3.34% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 4,422,861 — 4.86% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 77.6% — the 21st largest increase

**39. Mount Rainier NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -8.5%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,268,256 — 2.35% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 1,160,754 — 1.71% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 1,501,621 — 1.65% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 18.4% — the 7th smallest increase

**38. Sequoia NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -7.7%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 862,397 — 1.60% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 796,086 — 1.17% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 1,246,053 — 1.37% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 44.5% — the 16th smallest increase

**37. Theodore Roosevelt NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -7.5%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 595,734 — 1.10% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 551,303 — 0.81% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 691,658 — 0.76% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 16.1% — the 6th smallest increase

**36. Everglades NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -5.6%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 744,244 — 1.38% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 702,319 — 1.03% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 1,118,300 — 1.23% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 50.3% — the 18th smallest increase

**35. Wind Cave NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -5.2%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 473,061 — 0.88% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 448,405 — 0.66% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 615,350 — 0.68% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 30.1% — the 12th smallest increase

**34. Acadia NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -4.0%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 2,779,666 — 5.16% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 2,669,034 — 3.93% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 3,437,286 — 3.78% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 23.7% — the 9th smallest increase

**33. Badlands NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -3.7%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 952,652 — 1.77% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 916,932 — 1.35% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 970,998 — 1.07% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 1.9% — the smallest increase

**32. Shenandoah NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -1.9%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,699,228 — 3.15% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 1,666,265 — 2.45% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 1,425,507 — 1.57% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** -16.1% — the 3rd smallest decrease

**31. Voyageurs NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** -1.4%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 266,935 — 0.50% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 263,091 — 0.39% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 232,974 — 0.26% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** -12.7% — the 2nd smallest decrease

**30. Pinnacles NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 1.3%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 163,626 — 0.30% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 165,740 — 0.24% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 177,224 — 0.19% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 8.3% — the 5th smallest increase

**29. Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 1.6%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 336,119 — 0.62% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 341,620 — 0.50% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 432,818 — 0.48% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 28.8% — the 11th smallest increase

**28. Glacier NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 15.2%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,474,578 — 2.73% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 1,698,864 — 2.50% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 3,049,839 — 3.35% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 106.8% — the 19th largest increase

**27. Hot Springs NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 16.2%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,160,588 — 2.15% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 1,348,215 — 1.98% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 1,467,153 — 1.61% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 26.4% — the 10th smallest increase

**26. Olympic NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 23.0%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 2,032,418 — 3.77% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 2,499,177 — 3.68% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 3,245,806 — 3.57% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 59.7% — the 20th smallest increase

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**20. Guadalupe Mountains NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 32.9%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 113,825 — 0.21% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 151,256 — 0.22% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 188,833 — 0.21% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 65.9% — the 21st smallest increase

**19. Lassen Volcanic NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 37.5%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 394,425 — 0.73% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 542,274 — 0.80% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 517,039 — 0.57% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 31.1% — the 13th smallest increase

**18. Great Smoky Mountains NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 43.3%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 8,440,953 — 15.65% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 12,095,720 — 17.81% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 12,547,743 — 13.79% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 48.7% — the 17th smallest increase

**17. Crater Lake NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 47.3%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 455,143 — 0.84% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 670,500 — 0.99% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 704,512 — 0.77% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 54.8% — the 19th smallest increase

**16. Channel Islands NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 60.0%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 104,574 — 0.19% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 167,290 — 0.25% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 409,630 — 0.45% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 291.7% — the 11th largest increase

**15. Biscayne NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 62.4%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 248,071 — 0.46% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 402,770 — 0.59% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 708,522 — 0.78% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 185.6% — the 14th largest increase

**14. Indiana Dunes NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 87.5%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 1,222,874 — 2.27% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 2,293,106 — 3.38% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 2,134,285 — 2.35% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 74.5% — the 23rd smallest increase

**13. Yellowstone NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 90.3%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 2,000,269 — 3.71% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 3,806,306 — 5.60% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 4,020,288 — 4.42% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 101.0% — the 20th largest increase

**12. Big Bend NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 126.4%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 174,008 — 0.32% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 393,907 — 0.58% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 463,832 — 0.51% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 166.6% — the 17th largest increase

**11. Bryce Canyon NP**

**> Change in visits, 1980-2020:** 156.3%

**> Recreation visits in 1980:** 571,541 — 1.06% of all NP recreation visits in 1980

**> Recreation visits in 2020:** 1,464,655 — 2.16% of all NP recreation visits in 2020

**> Recreation visits in 2019:** 2,594,904 — 2.85% of all NP recreation visits in 2019

**> Change in visits, 1980-2019** 354.0% — the 7th largest increase

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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

**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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