Visitation Numbers

The National Park Service's Social Science Program coordinates the collection of recreational visitation statistics for more than 400 national parks throughout the year. Official statistics are traditionally reported during the first few months of a new year. Learn more about visitation statistics collection and find official reports by the National Park Service. Use the NPS Stats database to find additional data, reports, and highlights for individual parks and for past years.

2020 by the Numbers

Find more highlights in the National Park Service's news release about 2020 visitation numbers.

  • 237,064,332 recreation visits
  • 1,054,952,540 recreation visitor hours
  • 8,039,768 overnight stays (recreation + non-recreation)
  • Three parks had more than 10 million recreation visits: Blue Ridge Parkway, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Seven parks had more than five million recreation visits, which is down from 11 parks in 2019
  • 60 parks had more than one million recreation visits (15% of reporting parks), which is down from 80 parks in 2019
  • 19 national parks had more than one million recreation visits (30% of national parks)
  • 25% of total recreation visits occurred in the top six most-visited parks (1.5% of all parks in the National Park System)
  • 50% of total recreation visits occurred in the top 23 most-visited parks (6% of all parks in the National Park System)

10 Most Visited Parks in 2020

The National Park Service administers more than 400 national parks across the country of different shapes, sizes, and purpose. This ten most visited parks list includes parks from the more than 19 naming designations that currently exist.

Park

Recreational Visits

1

Blue Ridge Parkway

14.1 million

2

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

12.4 million

3

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

12.1 million

4

Gateway National Recreation Area

8.4 million

5

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

8 million

6

George Washington Memorial Parkway

6.2 million

7

Natchez Trace Parkway

6.1 million

8

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

4.9 million

9

Cape Cod National Seashore

4.1 million

10

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

4.1 million

10 Most Visited "National Parks" in 2020

Out of the 423 parks in the National Park System in 2020, there were 62 with the naming designation "national park" when these visitor statistics were collected. Please note, the total of park units and units with the naming designation "national park" may have changed in this current year.

Park

Recreational Visits

1

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

12.1 million

2

Yellowstone National Park

3,8 million

3

Zion National Park

3.6 million

4

Rocky Mountain National Park

3.3 million

5

Grand Teton National Park

3.3 million

6

Grand Canyon National Park

2.9 million

7

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

2.8 million

8

Acadia National Park

2.7 million

9

Olympic National Park

2.5 million

10

Joshua Tree National Park

2.4 million


Recreation Visits by Year

1904

120,690

1930

3,038,935

1956

53,872,100

1982

244,924,579

2008

274,852,949

1905

140,954

1931

3,217,674

1957

58,220,600

1983

243.619.396

2009

285,579,941

1906

30,569

1932

3,551,885

1958

58,466,800

1984

248.785.509

2010

281,303,769

1907

32,935

1933

3,255,684

1959

62,834,000

1985

263.441.808

2011

278,939,216

1908

42,768

1934

6,095,201

1960

71,586,000

1986

281,094,850

2012

282,765,682

1909

60,899

1935

7,435,659

1961

78,933,900

1987

287,244,998

2013

273,630,895

1910

173,416

1936

11,749,790

1962

88,548,300

1988

282,451,441

2014

292,800,082

1911

194,207

1937

14,838,640

1963

101,959,800

1989

269,399,837

2015

307,247,252

1912

198,334

1938

16,019,483

1964

109,190,300

1990

255,581,467

2016

330,971,689

1913

216,853

1939

15,141,032

1965

118,662,500

1991

267,840,999

2017

330,882,751

1914

209,693

1940

16,410,148

1966

129,282,100

1992

274,694,549

2018

318,211,833

1915

314,299

1941

20,487,633

1967

135,414,200

1993

273,120,925

2019

327,516,619

1916

326,506

1942

8,891,495

1968

145,449,500

1994

268,636,169

2020

237,064,332

1917

453,498

1943

6,383,513

1969

159,103,500

1995

269,564,307

Total

14,891,410,480

1918

436,222

1944

7,723,790

1970

168,135,100

1996

265,796,163

1919

781,178

1945

10,855,548

1971

151,265,400

1997

275,236,335

1920

1,022,091

1946

20,918,012

1972

163,156,569

1998

286,762,265

1921

1,101,697

1947

24,258,527

1973

166,572,300

1999

287,130,879

1922

1,136,949

1948

26,294,795

1974

168,686,500

2000

285,891,275

1923

1,364,024

1949

29,124,837

1975

188,085,700

2001

279,873,926

1924

1,527,999

1950

32,706,172

1976

215,359,800

2002

227,299,880

1925

1,900,499

1951

36,613,178

1977

209,370,600

2003

266,230,290

1926

2,162,640

1952

41,804,313

1978

221,127,705

2004

276,908,337

1927

2,465,058

1953

45,679,754

1979

205,369,795

2005

273,488,751

1928

2,703,753

1954

47,967,800

1980

220,463,211

2006

272,623,980

1929

3,010,912

1955

48,891,000

1981

238,592,669

2007

275,581,547

Last updated: February 25, 2021