Special Report

National Parks That Have Grown Most in Popularity Since 1980

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

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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

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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

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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