Special Report

National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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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

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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