National Park Visitation

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

By RON LIZZI - GoOutsideBook.com

 

 

Below are 2017 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 2017 was 84,053,610, up 1.4% from 2016, with 38 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 11,338,893 +26,107 +0.2% 37 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 6,254,238 +284,427 +4.8% 29 
Zion NP UT 4,504,812 +209,685 +4.9% 28 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,437,215 -80,370 -1.8% 42 
Yosemite NP CA 4,336,890 -691,978 -13.8% 56 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,116,524 -140,653 -3.3% 46 
Acadia NP ME 3,509,271 +205,878 +6.2% 22 
Olympic NP WA 3,401,996 +11,775 +0.3% 36 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,317,000 +46,924 +1.4% 33 
Glacier NP MT 3,305,512 10  +358,831 +12.2% 11 
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,853,619 11  +348,333 +13.9%
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,571,684 12  +206,574 +8.7% 17 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,226,879 13  -196,511 -8.1% 51 
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 2,016,702 14  +129,122 +6.8% 21 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,561,616 15  +17,316 +1.1% 34 
Arches NP UT 1,539,028 16  -46,690 -2.9% 45 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,458,874 17  +21,533 +1.5% 32 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,415,867 18  +58,954 +4.3% 30 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,294,827 19  -1,456 -0.1% 41 
Sequoia NP CA 1,291,256 20  +36,568 +2.9% 31 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,150,165 21  +85,261 +8.0% 19 
Haleakala NP HI 1,112,390 22  -151,168 -12.0% 52 
Badlands NP SD 1,054,325  23  +58,062 +5.8% 24 
Everglades NP FL 1,018,557 24  +87,650 +9.4% 16 
Saguaro NP AZ 964,760 25  +144,334 +17.6%
Canyonlands NP UT 742,271 26  -33,947 -4.4% 47 
Crater Lake NP OR 711,749 27  -44,595 -5.9% 49 
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 708,003 28  -45,877 -6.1% 50 
Kings Canyon NP CA 692,932 29  +85,453 +14.1%
Denali NP & PRES AK 642,809 30  +55,397 +9.4% 15 
Petrified Forest NP AZ 627,757 31  -15,517 -2.4% 44 
Wind Cave NP SD 619,924 32  +2,547 +0.4% 35 
Mesa Verde NP CO 613,788 33  +30,261 +5.2% 25 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 587,853 34  +1,339 +0.2% 38 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 547,057 35  +26,886 +5.2% 27 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 520,026 36  +53,253 +11.4% 12 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 507,256 37  -28,812 -5.4% 48 
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 486,935 38  +98,627 +25.4%
Biscayne NP FL 446,961 39  -67,748 -13.2% 54 
Redwood NP CA 445,000 40  -91,297 -17.0% 57 
Big Bend NP TX 440,276 41  +51,986 +13.4%
Channel Islands NP CA 383,687 42  +18,880 +5.2% 26 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 307,143 43  +69,125 +29.0%
Virgin Islands NP VI 304,408 44  -106,935 -26.0% 58 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 303,598 45  -42,936 -12.4% 53 
Voyageurs NP MN 237,250 46  -4,662 -1.9% 43 
Pinnacles NP CA 233,334 47  +17,779 +8.2% 18 
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 225,257 48  +43,418 +23.9%
Great Basin NP NV 168,028 49  +23,182 +16.0%
Congaree NP SC 159,595 50  +15,752 +11.0% 14 
National Park of American Samoa AS 69,468 51  +40,576 +140.4%
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 68,292 52  -10,755 -13.6% 55 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 54,281 53  -19,380 -26.3% 59 
Katmai NP & PRES* AK 37,818 54  0 0% 39 
North Cascades NP WA 30,326 55  +1,680 +5.9% 23 
Isle Royale NP MI 28,196 56  +3,230 +12.9% 10 
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 22,755 57  +1,653 +7.8% 20 
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  0 0% 40 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 11,177 59  +1,130 +11.2% 13 

 

 

 

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 69,468 51  +40,576 +140.4%
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 307,143 43  +69,125 +29.0%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 486,935 38  +98,627 +25.4%
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 225,257 48  +43,418 +23.9%
Saguaro NP AZ 964,760 25  +144,334 +17.6%
Great Basin NP NV 168,028 49  +23,182 +16.0%
Kings Canyon NP CA 692,932 29  +85,453 +14.1%
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,853,619 11  +348,333 +13.9%
Big Bend NP TX 440,276 41  +51,986 +13.4%
Isle Royale NP MI 28,196 56  +3,230 +12.9% 10 
Glacier NP MT 3,305,512 10  +358,831 +12.2% 11 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 520,026 36  +53,253 +11.4% 12 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 11,177 59  +1,130 +11.2% 13 
Congaree NP SC 159,595 50  +15,752 +11.0% 14 
Denali NP & PRES AK 642,809 30  +55,397 +9.4% 15 
Everglades NP FL 1,018,557 24  +87,650 +9.4% 16 
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,571,684 12  +206,574 +8.7% 17 
Pinnacles NP CA 233,334 47  +17,779 +8.2% 18 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,150,165 21  +85,261 +8.0% 19 
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 22,755 57  +1,653 +7.8% 20 
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 2,016,702 14  +129,122 +6.8% 21 
Acadia NP ME 3,509,271 +205,878 +6.2% 22 
North Cascades NP WA 30,326 55  +1,680 +5.9% 23 
Badlands NP SD 1,054,325  23  +58,062 +5.8% 24 
Mesa Verde NP CO 613,788 33  +30,261 +5.2% 25 
Channel Islands NP CA 383,687 42  +18,880 +5.2% 26 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 547,057 35  +26,886 +5.2% 27 
Zion NP UT 4,504,812 +209,685 +4.9% 28 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 6,254,238 +284,427 +4.8% 29 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,415,867 18  +58,954 +4.3% 30 
Sequoia NP CA 1,291,256 20  +36,568 +2.9% 31 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,458,874 17  +21,533 +1.5% 32 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,317,000 +46,924 +1.4% 33 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,561,616 15  +17,316 +1.1% 34 
Wind Cave NP SD 619,924 32  +2,547 +0.4% 35 
Olympic NP WA 3,401,996 +11,775 +0.3% 36 
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN 11,338,893 +26,107 +0.2% 37 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 587,853 34  +1,339 +0.2% 38 
Katmai NP & PRES* AK 37,818 54  0 0% 39 
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  0 0% 40 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,294,827 19  -1,456 -0.1% 41 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,437,215 -80,370 -1.8% 42 
Voyageurs NP MN 237,250 46  -4,662 -1.9% 43 
Petrified Forest NP AZ 627,757 31  -15,517 -2.4% 44 
Arches NP UT 1,539,028 16  -46,690 -2.9% 45 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,116,524 -140,653 -3.3% 46 
Canyonlands NP UT 742,271 26  -33,947 -4.4% 47 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 507,256 37  -28,812 -5.4% 48 
Crater Lake NP OR 711,749 27  -44,595 -5.9% 49 
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 708,003 28  -45,877 -6.1% 50 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,226,879 13  -196,511 -8.1% 51 
Haleakala NP HI 1,112,390 22  -151,168 -12.0% 52 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 303,598 45  -42,936 -12.4% 53 
Biscayne NP FL 446,961 39  -67,748 -13.2% 54 
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 68,292 52  -10,755 -13.6% 55 
Yosemite NP CA 4,336,890 -691,978 -13.8% 56 
Redwood NP CA 445,000 40  -91,297 -17.0% 57 
Virgin Islands NP VI 304,408 44  -106,935 -26.0% 58 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 54,281 53  -19,380 -26.3% 59 

 

 

 

SORTED BY PARK NAME

Park Name State(s) Visitors / Rank Change from Previous Year
Visitors / % Change / Rank
Acadia NP ME 3,509,271 +205,878 +6.2% 22 
Arches NP UT 1,539,028 16  -46,690 -2.9% 45 
Badlands NP SD 1,054,325  23  +58,062 +5.8% 24 
Big Bend NP TX 440,276 41  +51,986 +13.4%
Biscayne NP FL 446,961 39  -67,748 -13.2% 54 
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP CO 307,143 43  +69,125 +29.0%
Bryce Canyon NP UT 2,571,684 12  +206,574 +8.7% 17 
Canyonlands NP UT 742,271 26  -33,947 -4.4% 47 
Capitol Reef NP UT 1,150,165 21  +85,261 +8.0% 19 
Carlsbad Caverns NP NM 520,026 36  +53,253 +11.4% 12 
Channel Islands NP CA 383,687 42  +18,880 +5.2% 26 
Congaree NP SC 159,595 50  +15,752 +11.0% 14 
Crater Lake NP OR 711,749 27  -44,595 -5.9% 49 
Cuyahoga Valley NP OH 2,226,879 13  -196,511 -8.1% 51 
Death Valley NP CA, NV 1,294,827 19  -1,456 -0.1% 41 
Denali NP & PRES AK 642,809 30  +55,397 +9.4% 15 
Dry Tortugas NP FL 54,281 53  -19,380 -26.3% 59 
Everglades NP FL 1,018,557 24  +87,650 +9.4% 16 
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES AK 11,177 59  +1,130 +11.2% 13 
Glacier NP MT 3,305,512 10  +358,831 +12.2% 11 
Glacier Bay NP & PRES AK 547,057 35  +26,886 +5.2% 27 
Grand Canyon NP AZ 6,254,238 +284,427 +4.8% 29 
Grand Teton NP WY 3,317,000 +46,924 +1.4% 33 
Great Basin NP NV 168,028 49  +23,182 +16.0%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES CO 486,935 38  +98,627 +25.4%
Great Smoky Mountains NP NC, TN 11,338,893 +26,107 +0.2% 37 
Guadalupe Mountains NP TX 225,257 48  +43,418 +23.9%
Haleakala NP HI 1,112,390 22  -151,168 -12.0% 52 
Hawaii Volcanoes NP HI 2,016,702 14  +129,122 +6.8% 21 
Hot Springs NP AR 1,561,616 15  +17,316 +1.1% 34 
Isle Royale NP MI 28,196 56  +3,230 +12.9% 10 
Joshua Tree NP CA 2,853,619 11  +348,333 +13.9%
Katmai NP & PRES* AK 37,818 54  0 0% 39 
Kenai Fjords NP AK 303,598 45  -42,936 -12.4% 53 
Kings Canyon NP CA 692,932 29  +85,453 +14.1%
Kobuk Valley NP* AK 15,500 58  0 0% 40 
Lake Clark NP & PRES AK 22,755 57  +1,653 +7.8% 20 
Lassen Volcanic NP CA 507,256 37  -28,812 -5.4% 48 
Mammoth Cave NP KY 587,853 34  +1,339 +0.2% 38 
Mesa Verde NP CO 613,788 33  +30,261 +5.2% 25 
Mount Rainier NP WA 1,415,867 18  +58,954 +4.3% 30 
National Park of American Samoa AS 69,468 51  +40,576 +140.4%
North Cascades NP WA 30,326 55  +1,680 +5.9% 23 
Olympic NP WA 3,401,996 +11,775 +0.3% 36 
Petrified Forest NP AZ 627,757 31  -15,517 -2.4% 44 
Pinnacles NP CA 233,334 47  +17,779 +8.2% 18 
Redwood NP CA 445,000 40  -91,297 -17.0% 57 
Rocky Mountain NP CO 4,437,215 -80,370 -1.8% 42 
Saguaro NP AZ 964,760 25  +144,334 +17.6%
Sequoia NP CA 1,291,256 20  +36,568 +2.9% 31 
Shenandoah NP VA 1,458,874 17  +21,533 +1.5% 32 
Theodore Roosevelt NP ND 708,003 28  -45,877 -6.1% 50 
Virgin Islands NP VI 304,408 44  -106,935 -26.0% 58 
Voyageurs NP MN 237,250 46  -4,662 -1.9% 43 
Wind Cave NP SD 619,924 32  +2,547 +0.4% 35 
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES AK 68,292 52  -10,755 -13.6% 55 
Yellowstone NP ID, MT, WY 4,116,524 -140,653 -3.3% 46 
Yosemite NP CA 4,336,890 -691,978 -13.8% 56 
Zion NP UT 4,504,812 +209,685 +4.9% 28 

 

 

* Visitation figures for remote Alaskan parks that have no facilities or roads may be crude estimates.

 

 

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