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GNP Announces 2023 Visitation Data

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Date: March 6, 2024
Contact: Autumn Sifuentes, 406-888-7921

WEST GLACIER, Mont. [March 6, 2024] – Glacier National Park was in the top 15 most visited national parks in 2023, hosting 2,933,616 recreation visits for the year.

Recreational visits were up 0.9% from 2022 representing the 6th busiest year in Glacier’s history. Monthly records were set for May and September. Glacier has consistently hosted around 3 million visitors each year for the last 5 years, aside from 2020 due to pandemic related closures.

The list below shows the annual trend for recreation visits over the last several years.
2023- 2,933,616
2022- 2,908,458
2021- 3,081,656
2020- 1,698,864 (Park closed March 24 to June 8, east side of the park remained closed)
2019- 3,049,839

While Glacier remains one of the most visited parks in the nation, park officials confirm the past three years of the vehicle reservation pilot program have successfully spread visitation throughout the day during peak hours on Going-to-the-Sun Road resulting in fewer closures, better traffic management, and a more enjoyable park experience during peak season.

The table below shows recreation visits by park entrance for peak season, June through August, over the last several years.

Location  2023 2022  2021  2020  2019 
West Entrance  869,026 821,332  916,491  876,320  1,011,136 
Saint Mary  435,710 388,686  349,071  Closed  481,298 
Many Glacier  223,275 262,469  261,284  Closed  256,191 
Two Medicine  141,570 179,716  193,288  Closed  145,885 
Camas  65,347 70,326  87,120  110,627  89,205 
Polebridge  42,918 53,607  70,765  72,569  59,030 
Goat Lick/ Walton  60,856 119,837  137,702  56,277  113,916 
 *2023 was the first time there were vehicle reservations for Many Glacier and Two Medicine.

While a visit to Glacier can be a lifetime experience, there are many other places nearby that offer a host of interesting recreational experiences. Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, the other part of the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, is a popular side trip. It can be very busy in the summer and campgrounds are often fully booked. Visit their website for trip planning information and consider visiting outside of July and August for a quieter experience. Visit Glacier’s nearby attractions webpage for information about other vacation highlights, such as Big Hole National Battlefield, Bear Paw Battlefield, and Nez Perce National Historical Park, to name a few.  

Visitor use statistics are collected in all but a handful of parks and rolled up to a national database used to create a series of reports available to park managers, employees, and the public. NPS social scientists coordinate visitor use statistics and these reports. They work with parks to develop data collection procedures and provide quality control for visitor use data. More information about park visitation, visitor statistics and detailed information about reporting, history and policy is available on the NPS Stats website

Last updated: March 10, 2024

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