THE AUGUST ENPLANEMENT COUNT AT Jackson Hole Airport totaled 40,963, down 37% from August 2019. The first few months of COVID-19-related shutdowns wreaked havoc on activity at the airport. While the last two months’ counts are still significantly below 2019’s, the rate of decline has slowed significantly. During the fiscal year ending in August, 310,710 people boarded a commercial flight at Jackson Hole Airport, 30% 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 August 2015.

Source: Jackson Hole Airport

THE AUGUST RECREATIONAL VISITATION count for Grand Teton National Park totaled 710,198, up 1% from August 2019’s total. This was Grand Teton’s second-busiest August ever, trailing by only 1% the eclipse month of August 2017. During the fiscal year ending in August, 3,014,526 people paid a recreational visit to Grand Teton, 13% fewer than the number who visited 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 it has returned to its previous little-growth status.

Source: Grand Teton National Park

RECREATIONAL VISITS TO YELLOWSTONE National Park in August totaled 881,543, 8% higher than in August 2019. As with Grand Teton, August 2020 was Yellowstone’s second-busiest August ever, trailing August 2017 by 4%. During the fiscal year ending in August 2020, 3,410,069 people paid a recreational visit to Yellowstone, 16.7% fewer than during the previous 12 months. As the graph suggests, Yellowstone’s visitation had been declining, but during July and August 2020 that trend was reversed. It’s also likely September 2020 will also have a higher visitor count than September 2019.

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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