National Park Visitation

How the 59 U.S. national parks rank by the number of visitors

By RON LIZZI - GoOutsideBook.com

 

 

Below are 2016 annual visitation statistics from the National Park Service for the 59 U.S. national parks, in three tables:

 

 

The total number of recreational visitors to all the national parks in 2016 was 82,895,409, up 10.1% from 2015, with 51 of 59 parks seeing increases.*

 

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SORTED BY NUMBER OF VISITORS

Park Name State(s) Visitors / Rank Change from Previous Year
Visitors / % Change / Rank
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN 11,312,786 +600,112 +5.6% 35 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 5,969,811 +449,075 +8.1% 31 
Yosemite NP CA 5,028,868 +878,651 +21.2% 14 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,517,585 +361,669 +8.7% 30 
Zion NP UT 4,295,127 +646,281 +17.7% 16 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,257,177 +159,467 +3.9% 40 
Olympic NP WA 3,390,221 +126,460 +3.9% 41 
Acadia NP ME 3,303,393 +492,209 +17.5% 17 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,270,076 +120,155 +3.8% 43 
Glacier NP MT 2,946,681 10  +580,625 +24.5% 10 
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,505,286 11  +479,530 +23.7% 11 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,423,390 12  +138,778 +6.1% 34 
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,365,110 13  +619,306 +35.5%
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 1,887,580 14  +54,920 +3.0% 45 
Arches NP UT 1,585,718 15  +186,471 +13.3% 22 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,544,300 16  +126,138 +8.9% 27 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,437,341 17  +115,468 +8.7% 29 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,356,913 18  +119,682 +9.7% 26 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,296,283 19  +141,440 +12.2% 25 
Haleakala NP HI 1,263,558 20  +46,786 +3.8% 42 
Sequoia NP CA 1,254,688 21  +157,224 +14.3% 20 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,064,904 22  +123,875 +13.2% 23 
Badlands NP SD 996,263  23  +6,909 +0.7% 51 
Everglades NP FL 930,907 24  -146,520 -13.6% 58 
Saguaro NP AZ 820,426 25  +66,980 +8.9% 28 
Canyonlands NP UT 776,218 26  +141,611 +22.3% 13 
Crater Lake NP OR 756,344 27  +141,632 +23.0% 12 
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 753,880 28  +173,847 +30.3%
Petrified Forest NP AZ 643,274 29  -149,951 -18.9% 59 
Wind Cave NP SD 617,377 30  +5,179 +0.8% 50 
Kings Canyon NP CA 607,479 31  +139,373 +29.8%
Denali NP & PRES AK 587,412 32  +26,655 +4.8% 36 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 586,514 33  +19,619 +3.5% 44 
Mesa Verde NP CO 583,527 34  +36,202 +6.6% 33 
Redwood NP CA 536,297 35  +9,154 +1.7% 46 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 536,068 36  +67,976 +14.5% 19 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 520,171 37  -31,182 -5.7% 55 
Biscayne NP FL 514,709 38  +6,545 +1.3% 49 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 466,773 39  +21,053 +4.7% 37 
Virgin Islands NP VI 411,343 40  -27,029 -6.2% 56 
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 388,308 41  +88,795 +29.6%
Big Bend NP TX 388,290 42  +6,543 +1.7% 47 
Channel Islands NP CA 364,807 43  +39,991 +12.3% 24 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 346,534 44  +49,837 +16.8% 18 
Voyageurs NP MN 241,912 45  +3,599 +1.5% 48 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 238,018 46  +28,852 +13.8% 21 
Pinnacles NP CA 215,555 47  +9,022 +4.4% 38 
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 181,839 48  +12,304 +7.3% 32 
Great Basin NP NV 144,846 49  +28,723 +24.7%
Congaree NP SC 143,843 50  +56,330 +64.4%
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 79,047 51  -1,319 -1.6% 54 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 73,661 52  +2,799 +3.9% 39 
Katmai NP & PRES AK 37,818 53  0 0% 52 
National Park of American Samoa AS 28,892 54  +15,000 +108.0%
North Cascades NP WA 28,646 55  +7,969 +38.5%
Isle Royale NP MI 24,966 56  +6,282 +33.6%
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 21,102 57  +3,284 +18.4% 15 
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  - 0% 53 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 10,047 59  -698 -6.5% 57 

 

 

 

SORTED BY PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN NUMBER OF VISITORS

Park Name State(s) Visitors / Rank Change from Previous Year
Visitors / % Change / Rank
National Park of American Samoa AS 28,892 54  +15,000 +108.0%
Congaree NP SC 143,843 50  +56,330 +64.4%
North Cascades NP WA 28,646 55  +7,969 +38.5%
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,365,110 13  +619,306 +35.5%
Isle Royale NP MI 24,966 56  +6,282 +33.6%
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 753,880 28  +173,847 +30.3%
Kings Canyon NP CA 607,479 31  +139,373 +29.8%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 388,308 41  +88,795 +29.6%
Great Basin NP NV 144,846 49  +28,723 +24.7%
Glacier NP MT 2,946,681 10  +580,625 +24.5% 10 
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,505,286 11  +479,530 +23.7% 11 
Crater Lake NP OR 756,344 27  +141,632 +23.0% 12 
Canyonlands NP UT 776,218 26  +141,611 +22.3% 13 
Yosemite NP CA 5,028,868 +878,651 +21.2% 14 
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 21,102 57  +3,284 +18.4% 15 
Zion NP UT 4,295,127 +646,281 +17.7% 16 
Acadia NP ME 3,303,393 +492,209 +17.5% 17 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 346,534 44  +49,837 +16.8% 18 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 536,068 36  +67,976 +14.5% 19 
Sequoia NP CA 1,254,688 21  +157,224 +14.3% 20 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 238,018 46  +28,852 +13.8% 21 
Arches NP UT 1,585,718 15  +186,471 +13.3% 22 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,064,904 22  +123,875 +13.2% 23 
Channel Islands NP CA 364,807 43  +39,991 +12.3% 24 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,296,283 19  +141,440 +12.2% 25 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,356,913 18  +119,682 +9.7% 26 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,544,300 16  +126,138 +8.9% 27 
Saguaro NP AZ 820,426 25  +66,980 +8.9% 28 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,437,341 17  +115,468 +8.7% 29 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,517,585 +361,669 +8.7% 30 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 5,969,811 +449,075 +8.1% 31 
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 181,839 48  +12,304 +7.3% 32 
Mesa Verde NP CO 583,527 34  +36,202 +6.6% 33 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,423,390 12  +138,778 +6.1% 34 
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN 11,312,786 +600,112 +5.6% 35 
Denali NP & PRES AK 587,412 32  +26,655 +4.8% 36 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 466,773 39  +21,053 +4.7% 37 
Pinnacles NP CA 215,555 47  +9,022 +4.4% 38 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 73,661 52  +2,799 +3.9% 39 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,257,177 +159,467 +3.9% 40 
Olympic NP WA 3,390,221 +126,460 +3.9% 41 
Haleakala NP HI 1,263,558 20  +46,786 +3.8% 42 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,270,076 +120,155 +3.8% 43 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 586,514 33  +19,619 +3.5% 44 
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 1,887,580 14  +54,920 +3.0% 45 
Redwood NP CA 536,297 35  +9,154 +1.7% 46 
Big Bend NP TX 388,290 42  +6,543 +1.7% 47 
Voyageurs NP MN 241,912 45  +3,599 +1.5% 48 
Biscayne NP FL 514,709 38  +6,545 +1.3% 49 
Wind Cave NP SD 617,377 30  +5,179 +0.8% 50 
Badlands NP SD 996,263  23  +6,909 +0.7% 51 
Katmai NP & PRES AK 37,818 53  0 0% 52 
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  - 0% 53 
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 79,047 51  -1,319 -1.6% 54 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 520,171 37  -31,182 -5.7% 55 
Virgin Islands NP VI 411,343 40  -27,029 -6.2% 56 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 10,047 59  -698 -6.5% 57 
Everglades NP FL 930,907 24  -146,520 -13.6% 58 
Petrified Forest NP AZ 643,274 29  -149,951 -18.9% 59 

 

 

 

SORTED BY PARK NAME

Park Name State(s) Visitors / Rank Change from Previous Year
Visitors / % Change / Rank
Acadia NP ME 3,303,393 +492,209 +17.5% 17 
Arches NP UT 1,585,718 15  +186,471 +13.3% 22 
Badlands NP SD 996,263  23  +6,909 +0.7% 51 
Big Bend NP TX 388,290 42  +6,543 +1.7% 47 
Biscayne NP FL 514,709 38  +6,545 +1.3% 49 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 238,018 46  +28,852 +13.8% 21 
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,365,110 13  +619,306 +35.5%
Canyonlands NP UT 776,218 26  +141,611 +22.3% 13 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,064,904 22  +123,875 +13.2% 23 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 466,773 39  +21,053 +4.7% 37 
Channel Islands NP CA 364,807 43  +39,991 +12.3% 24 
Congaree NP SC 143,843 50  +56,330 +64.4%
Crater Lake NP OR 756,344 27  +141,632 +23.0% 12 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,423,390 12  +138,778 +6.1% 34 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,296,283 19  +141,440 +12.2% 25 
Denali NP & PRES AK 587,412 32  +26,655 +4.8% 36 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 73,661 52  +2,799 +3.9% 39 
Everglades NP FL 930,907 24  -146,520 -13.6% 58 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 10,047 59  -698 -6.5% 57 
Glacier NP MT 2,946,681 10  +580,625 +24.5% 10 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 520,171 37  -31,182 -5.7% 55 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 5,969,811 +449,075 +8.1% 31 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,270,076 +120,155 +3.8% 43 
Great Basin NP NV 144,846 49  +28,723 +24.7%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 388,308 41  +88,795 +29.6%
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN 11,312,786 +600,112 +5.6% 35 
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 181,839 48  +12,304 +7.3% 32 
Haleakala NP HI 1,263,558 20  +46,786 +3.8% 42 
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 1,887,580 14  +54,920 +3.0% 45 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,544,300 16  +126,138 +8.9% 27 
Isle Royale NP MI 24,966 56  +6,282 +33.6%
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,505,286 11  +479,530 +23.7% 11 
Katmai NP & PRES AK 37,818 53  0 0% 52 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 346,534 44  +49,837 +16.8% 18 
Kings Canyon NP CA 607,479 31  +139,373 +29.8%
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  - 0% 53 
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 21,102 57  +3,284 +18.4% 15 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 536,068 36  +67,976 +14.5% 19 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 586,514 33  +19,619 +3.5% 44 
Mesa Verde NP CO 583,527 34  +36,202 +6.6% 33 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,356,913 18  +119,682 +9.7% 26 
National Park of American Samoa AS 28,892 54  +15,000 +108.0%
North Cascades NP WA 28,646 55  +7,969 +38.5%
Olympic NP WA 3,390,221 +126,460 +3.9% 41 
Petrified Forest NP AZ 643,274 29  -149,951 -18.9% 59 
Pinnacles NP CA 215,555 47  +9,022 +4.4% 38 
Redwood NP CA 536,297 35  +9,154 +1.7% 46 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,517,585 +361,669 +8.7% 30 
Saguaro NP AZ 820,426 25  +66,980 +8.9% 28 
Sequoia NP CA 1,254,688 21  +157,224 +14.3% 20 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,437,341 17  +115,468 +8.7% 29 
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 753,880 28  +173,847 +30.3%
Virgin Islands NP VI 411,343 40  -27,029 -6.2% 56 
Voyageurs NP MN 241,912 45  +3,599 +1.5% 48 
Wind Cave NP SD 617,377 30  +5,179 +0.8% 50 
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 79,047 51  -1,319 -1.6% 54 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,257,177 +159,467 +3.9% 40 
Yosemite NP CA 5,028,868 +878,651 +21.2% 14 
Zion NP UT 4,295,127 +646,281 +17.7% 16 

 

 

* Visitation figures for Kobuk Valley National Park were not available for 2015. Visitation was assumed to be unchanged.

 

 

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