By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Continuing the trend from late summer, Grand Teton National Park again saw record-breaking visitation numbers, this time through the month of October.
The park hosted an estimated 351,173 recreational visits over October, an 88% increased compared to October 2019. Statistics show that this October saw the highest number of recreation visits on record for the month.
The list below shows the October trend for recreation visits over the last several years:
Visitors to Grand Teton National Park are reminded to plan ahead and recreate responsibly.
The park highly encourages visitors to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state authorities, by maintaining social distancing guidelines and wearing a face covering when in buildings and high-visitation areas outside.
The park saw an estimated 603,789 recreation visits in September, a 17% increase compared to September 2019.
In general, hiking use in the park increased approximately 54%, camping in concession-operated campgrounds increased 24% and backcountry camping increased 79% in September 2020 compared to September 2019.
In August, the park hosted an estimated 710,198 visits, the second-highest number of recreation visits on record, just behind August 2017.