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Grand Teton National Park visitation record shattered

Beautiful Grand Teton National Park.  Credit: Tom Babich

Beautiful Grand Teton National Park. Credit: Tom Babich

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Author: S. Shaw
Date: 01.15.16

MOOSE, WY — Grand Teton National Park saw a record number of visits in 2015.  The park recorded over 4.6 million visits, an 8.2 percent increase from the previous record of 4.3 million set in 2014. The park saw the most significant spike in visits during the months of September and October, an increase of 18 percent and 12 percent, respectively, from the previous year.

“The record visitation means that park staff have the opportunity to reach a larger audience and fulfill the National Park Service centennial goal to connect with and create the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates. However, the increased visitation has a significant impact on park resources, staff, facilities, and other park visitors' experience.” Said Grand Teton Public Relations. Park rangers tell TrailMob that “parking at popular visitor destinations such as Jenny Lake, Lupine Meadows, and String Lake often exceeded capacity causing resource damage and visitor frustration.” There was also a ten percent increase in calls for assistance from 2014.

The record visitation is consistent with the new record set in neighboring Yellowstone National Park and both parks expect even more visitors in 2016 on account of National Park Service centennial initiatives.

Grand Teton Visitation at a glance.

  • Year        Total Visitation
  • 2011         3,866,579
  • 2012         3,918,418
  • 2013         4,117,323
  • 2014         4,296,512
  • 2015         4,647,886