Special Report

National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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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

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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

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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

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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