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

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

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.
.
The News&Guide welcomes comments from our paid subscribers. Tell us what you think. Thanks for engaging in the conversation!

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.