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The National Park Service announced that totals for the 2015 national park visitation reached more than 307 million.

President Theodore Roosevelt was reelected in 1904, the same year rangers started counting national park visitors.

There were more than 120,000 visits to America’s 11 national parks in the first year of counting.

The NPS also released its popular Top 10 list of the most visited national park sites.

“The popularity of national parks is well known, but last year’s numbers really are extraordinary,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th year, we’re preparing to welcome more visitors than ever including a new generation of park supporters and advocates who are discovering their own national park adventures.”

Today’s figures were an increase from the unofficial visitation total of 305 million reported by the NPS in January. The difference is attributed to the recently-completed NPS visitation audit.

2015 visitation highlights include:

307,247,252 recreation visits, a 4.9 percent increase over 2014 and the previous record of 292.8 million recreation visits.

371 of the 410 parks in the National Park System report visitation.

57 of the 371 reporting parks set a new record for annual recreation visits.

Eleven parks had more than 5 million recreation visits in 2015.

Notable park milestones in 2015

Joshua Tree National Park surpassed 2 million annual recreation visits for the first time.

Rocky Mountain National Park surpassed 4 million annual recreation visits for the first time.

Yellowstone National Park surpassed 4 million annual recreation visits for the first time.

Grand Canyon National Park surpassed 5 million annual recreation visits for the first time.

Glacier National Park surpassed 100 million total recreation visits (1910 to 2015)

2 parks are reporting visitation for the first time

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Overnight stays in park campgrounds and backcountry were up over 2014.

Total overnight stays (sum of all categories) were up 6 percent over 2014.

Highlights:

Concessioner campground overnights were up 12.5 percent.

NPS campground tent overnights were up 13 percent.

NPS campground RV overnights were up 10 percent.

Backcountry overnights were up 7 percent.

Top 10 Visitation

All Parks of the National Park System

Blue Ridge Parkway – 15,054,603

Golden Gate National Recreation Area – 14,888,537

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 10,712,674

Lincoln Memorial – 7,941,771

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – 7,298,465

George Washington Memorial Parkway – 7,286,463

Gateway National Recreation Area – 6,392,565

Natchez Trace Parkway – 5,785,812

Vietnam Veterans Memorial – 5,597,077

Grand Canyon National Park – 5,520,736

National Parks

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – 10,712,674

Grand Canyon National Park – 5,520,736

Rocky Mountain National Park – 4,155,916

Yosemite National Park – 4,150,217

Yellowstone National Park – 4,097,710

Zion National Park – 3,648,846

Olympic National Park – 3,263,761

Grand Teton National Park – 3,149,921

Acadia National Park – 2,811,184

Glacier National Park – 2,366,056

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