THE MARCH ENPLANEMENT COUNT AT Jackson Hole Airport totaled 42,218, 61% more than in March 2020. We have reached a turning point in pandemic-era data. March 2020 was the month in which COVID-19 first started affecting Jackson Hole, so tourism and other economic data took a plunge starting midmonth. As a result, March was the first month in which the airport started to see major pandemic-related declines. March 2021 shows the reversal of those numbers. During the 12 months ending in March, 283,705 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 2013.
Source: Jackson Hole Airport
THE MARCH RECREATIONAL VISITATION count for Grand Teton National Park totaled 74,7548, up 45% more than the number visiting in March 2020. This was handily Grand Teton’s busiest-ever March visitation total. During the 12 months ending in March, 3,325,773 people paid a recreational visit to Grand Teton, only 2% 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 shot up again starting in the autumn.
Source: Grand Teton National Park
IN MARCH, RECREATIONAL VISITS TO Yellowstone National Park totaled 35,611, 59% more than the number visiting in March 2020. March 2021 was Yellowstone’s busiest March in history. During the 12 months ending in March, 3,773,263 people paid a recreational visit to Yellowstone, 6% 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