Number of visitors to Yosemite National Park in the U.S. 2008-2019

In 2019, Yosemite National Park saw nearly four and a half million visitors during the year. In 2016, the park saw its largest volume of visitors accounting for about 5.03 million.

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is a large national forest located in central California. It was founded in 1864 and boasts over 1,200 square miles of vast wilderness, glaciers and winter sports. The park is known for the famous El Capitan rock formation that is popular among climbers around the world. Yosemite is among the most visited national parks in the U.S. with other big names such as Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Zion National Park. Given its popularity, the park is also listed among the deadliest in the nation. Most of the deaths that occur in the park are related to climbing and hiking accidents.

Climbing and Hiking in the U.S.

Rock climbing and hiking is a popular past time at parks like Yosemite. Hiking and climbing have been increasing in popularity across the United States. Recently the number of people participating in hiking in the U.S. has reached an all-time high. Meanwhile, climbing has seen a steady number of participants in recent history with a slight increase in participants in more recent years.

Number of recreational visitors to Yosemite National Park in the United States from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2008 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded. Date of release is date accessed.

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