THE FEBRUARY ENPLANEMENT COUNT at Jackson Hole Airport totaled 33,692, down 21% from February 2020. The first few months of COVID-19-related shutdowns wreaked havoc on activity at the airport. While the last five months’ counts are still significantly below those of a year earlier, the rate of decline has slowed significantly. During the 12 months ending in February, 267,687 people boarded a commercial flight at Jackson Hole Airport, 42% below the previous fiscal year’s count. For comparison’s sake, that is about the same number who enplaned during 2013.

Source: Jackson Hole Airport

THE FEBRUARY RECREATIONAL visitation count for Grand Teton National Park totaled 53,108, down 4% from February 2020. This was Grand Teton’s second-busiest February since the park changed its counting methodology in 1993. During the 12 months ending in February, 3,302,474 people paid a recreational visit to Grand Teton, only 3% 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 for a few months, visitation shot up again starting in the autumn.

Source: Grand Teton National Park

IN FEBRUARY, RECREATIONAL VISITS to Yellowstone National Park totaled 36,897, 12% fewer visits than in February 2020. February 2021 was Yellowstone’s second-busiest February since 1995. During the 12 months ending in February, 3,760,078 people paid a recreational visit to Yellowstone, 6.5% fewer than the number visiting during the previous fiscal year. As the graph suggests, due to COVID-19 Yellowstone’s visitation had been declining, but since July that trend has 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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