The following are excerpts from economist Jonathan Schechter's Market Watch column in the Jackson Hole News&Guide:
December recreational visits to Grand Teton National Park totaled 46,433, which was 5% fewer than in December 2018, according to Grand Teton National Park statistics. During calendar year 2019, 3,404,614 people paid a recreational visit to Grand Teton. Though that was down 2.3% from 2018, it was the second-busiest year in the park’s history. The growth rate marks a decline from the 10-year average rate between 2008 and 2018, when Grand Teton’s visitation increased 40%, a compounded annual rate of 3.4%.
December recreational visits to Yellowstone National Park totaled 25,506, 14% more than in December 2018, Yellowstone National Park data found. During the calendar year 2019, 4,020,288 people paid a recreational visit to Yellowstone, 2.4% fewer than the number visiting during 2018 and the lowest total since 2014. Between 2008 and 2018, Yellowstone’s visitation increased 32%, a compounded annual rate of 2.8%.