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Hot Springs, AR – The National Park Service has just released the official visitation numbers for 2021. More than 297 million people visited National Park sites across the country in 2021 – an increase of 60 million visitors from 2020. National Park Service Director, Chuck Sams, said, “It’s wonderful to see so many Americans continuing to find solace and inspiration in these incredible places during the second year of the pandemic.” Of the 423 park sites, forty-four parks set a record for recreation visits in 2021 and six broke visitation records that had been set in 2020. Hot Springs National Park is one of the parks that set, not one but two, records in 2021.
Hot Springs National Park had 2,162,884 recreational visits in 2021, topping the previous visitation record set in 1970. Additionally, the park surpassed 100 million accumulated recreation visits since reporting began in 1904.
“2021 was a monumental year for Hot Springs National Park,” said park superintendent Laura Miller. “The Park celebrated its 100th anniversary as a National Park with year-long events and monthly celebrations. With an outpouring of support from our community, the park hosted visitors from across the nation who joined in the celebration.”
Looking ahead to 2022, the park is excited to continue welcoming visitors from near and far as they continue the Centennial’s momentum with special event days, evening programming, community partnership events, and a lot more visitor interaction throughout the year.
While you’re planning your trip to Hot Springs National Park, be sure to check out the other Arkansas National Park sites like Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas Post National Memorial, Pea Ridge National Battlefield, or Buffalo National River.
To stay up-to-date with the latest park activities and calendar, please visit: www.nps.gov/hosp To learn more about other trip ideas in Arkansas, visit: www.nps.gov/locations/midwest/things-to-do.htm
The full NPS Visitation Report 2021 can be found at https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/most-famous-national-parks-set-visitation-records-in-2021.htm
Last updated: February 23, 2022