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The most popular US NPs flooded with visitors in 2021, with 44 setting records

WASHINGTON – While some of the most well-known national parks again had record visitation in 2021, numbers across the entire National Park System remained below pre-pandemic totals. These findings were released today as the National Park Service published its official annual visitation statistics for 2021.

Of 423 parks in the National Park System, just 25 received more than 50 percent of the system’s total 297.1 million recreation visits in 2021. Last year’s visitation increased by 60 million over 2020 when COVID-19 shuttered facilities in most parks for at least part of the year.

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