THE OCTOBER ENPLANEMENT COUNT AT Jackson Hole Airport totaled 23,462, down 10% from October 2019. The first few months of COVID-19-related shutdowns wreaked havoc on activity the airport. While the last three months’ counts are still significantly below 2019’s, the rate of decline has slowed significantly. During the fiscal year ending in October, 291,811 people boarded a commercial flight at Jackson Hole Airport, 35% below the previous fiscal year’s count. For comparison’s sake, that is about the same number who enplaned during the fiscal year ending in October 2015.

Source: Jackson Hole Airport

THE OCTOBER RECREATIONAL VISITATION count for Grand Teton National Park totaled 351,173, a remarkable 88% more than October 2019’s total. This was hands-down Grand Teton’s busiest October ever, more akin to early summer visitation than the end of autumn. During the fiscal year ending in October, 3,171,171 people paid a recreational visit to Grand Teton, 4% fewer than the number visiting during the previous fiscal year. As the graph suggests, before COVID-19 hit, Grand Teton’s visitation had been relatively flat. After dipping down for a few months, visitation is starting to grow again at explosive rates.

Source: Grand Teton National Park

IN OCTOBER, RECREATIONAL VISITS TO Yellowstone National Park totaled 360,034, a basically inconceivable 110% more than the number visiting in October 2019. As with Grand Teton, October 2020 was Yellowstone’s busiest October ever, only 8% below the total of October 2018 and 2019 combined. During the fiscal year ending in October, 2020, 3,702,011 people paid a recreational visit to Yellowstone, 7% fewer than the number visiting during the previous 12 months. As the graph suggests, Yellowstone’s visitation had been declining, but since July that trend reversed.

Source: Yellowstone National Park

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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