Special Report

National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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

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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

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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

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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