This story first appeared on Cowboy State Daily
By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Grand Teton National Park saw its busiest April in recorded history this year, with 87,739 recreation visits last month.
This is a 48% increase over figures from April 2019, the most recent available because of the park’s closure last April due to the coronavirus.
The list below shows April recreation visits over the last several years:
Park staff are working to provide quality visitor experiences in the face of what officials predict will be a busy summer season.
Despite last year’s closure through the spring, the park hosted 3,289,639 visits in 2020, the fourth highest number of recreation visits for one year in the park’s history, according to the National Park Service. The park was closed from March 24 to May 18 due to health and safety concerns.
Compared to 2019, total recreation visits for the year declined by only 3.4%.
Visitors to the park are highly encouraged to plan ahead and recreate responsibly in order to make the most of their visit and to help ensure this iconic landscape may be enjoyed by future generations.
Park employees will also collect data and conduct visitation studies to better understand changing visitation trends in the park.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear masks inside park facilities or outdoors. A person is considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after receiving the final dose of the vaccine.
Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces where physical distancing is not possible.
Visitors to Grand Teton are encouraged to “do your part” and recreate responsibly. Visitors are also encouraged to know they will have a place to stay overnight upon arrival. Reservations are required for all park campgrounds and can be booked on Recreation.gov.