These were the 10 most visited National Parks in 2023

The latest numbers from the National Park Service detail which National Parks were the most visited in 2023. To no one’s surprise, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a fan favorite on the East Coast, prevailed again, with more than 13M visitors topping the list of the most visited National Parks.

In 2023, 325 million people visited National Park Service destinations, which include 11 different designations. Of that number, less than a third (28%) visited the National Parks, with National Recreation Areas coming in second at 16%. Overall, there was a 4% increase from 2022.

Below are the most visited National parks in 2023.

What were the 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2023?

Below are the 10 most visited National Parks last year.

1. Great Smoky Mountains NP – 13,297,647

2. Grand Canyon NP – 4,733,705

3. Zion NP – 4,623,238

4. Yellowstone NP – 4,501,382

5. Rocky Mountain NP – 4,115,837

6. Yosemite NP – 3,897,070

7. Acadia NP – 3,879,890

8. Grand Teton NP – 3,417,106

9. Joshua Tree NP – 3,270,404

10. Olympic NP – 2,947,503

Read my Olympic Guide.

a hiker strolls through the hoh rainforest in olympic national park
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

Who just missed the top 10

As with all rankings and lists, there will be those who you can’t believe didn’t make it or, in this case, weren’t visited more.

Just missing the top 10 of the most visited National Parks were Glacier National Park (11th with 2.9M, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (12th with 2.8M), Indiana Dunes National Park (13th with 2.76M), Hot Springs National Park (14th with 2.5M), and Bryce Canyon National Park (15th with 2.46M).

Final Thoughts on the Most Visited National Parks in 2023

The one I find fascinating is how Olympic National Park had 2.9M visitors while Mt. Rainier, about the same distance from Seattle, had over 1.3M fewer people visit. To me, Mt. Rainier is far more picturesque and memorable than the Olympic.

If you look at the bottom of the list, seeing the Alaskan ones as the least visited is unsurprising. Those are incredibly difficult to reach, and most require a flight to access.

Complete List of the 65 National Parks

ParkRankRecreation Visits% of Total
Great Smoky Mountains NP113,297,64714.39%
Grand Canyon NP24,733,7055.12%
Zion NP34,623,2385.00%
Yellowstone NP44,501,3824.87%
Rocky Mountain NP54,115,8374.45%
Yosemite NP63,897,0704.22%
Acadia NP73,879,8904.20%
Grand Teton NP83,417,1063.70%
Joshua Tree NP93,270,4043.54%
Olympic NP102,947,5033.19%
Glacier NP112,933,6163.18%
Cuyahoga Valley NP122,860,0593.10%
Indiana Dunes NP132,765,8922.99%
Hot Springs NP142,502,9672.71%
Bryce Canyon NP152,461,2692.66%
Gateway Arch NP162,422,8362.62%
New River Gorge NP & PRES171,707,2231.85%
Mount Rainier NP181,674,2941.81%
Hawaii Volcanoes NP191,620,2941.75%
Shenandoah NP201,576,0081.71%
Arches NP211,482,0451.60%
Capitol Reef NP221,268,8611.37%
Death Valley NP231,099,6321.19%
Badlands NP241,046,4001.13%
Saguaro NP251,010,9061.09%
Sequoia NP26980,5671.06%
Everglades NP27810,1890.88%
Canyonlands NP28800,3220.87%
Haleakala NP29791,2920.86%
Theodore Roosevelt NP30746,8620.81%
White Sands NP31729,0960.79%
Glacier Bay NP & PRES32703,6590.76%
Mammoth Cave NP33654,4500.71%
Kings Canyon NP34643,0650.70%
Wind Cave NP35592,4590.64%
Biscayne NP36571,2420.62%
Crater Lake NP37559,9760.61%
Petrified Forest NP38520,4910.56%
Great Sand Dunes NP & PRES39512,2190.55%
Big Bend NP40509,1290.55%
Mesa Verde NP41505,1940.55%
Denali NP & PRES42498,7220.54%
Lassen Volcanic NP43418,9780.45%
Redwood NP44409,1050.44%
Carlsbad Caverns NP45394,1210.43%
Kenai Fjords NP46387,5250.42%
Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP47357,0690.39%
Virgin Islands NP48343,6850.37%
Pinnacles NP49341,2200.37%
Channel Islands NP50328,7460.36%
Congaree NP51250,1140.27%
Guadalupe Mountains NP52227,3400.25%
Voyageurs NP53220,8250.24%
Great Basin NP54143,2650.16%
Dry Tortugas NP5584,2850.09%
Wrangell-St. Elias NP & PRES5678,3050.08%
North Cascades NP5740,3510.04%
Katmai NP & PRES5833,7630.04%
Isle Royale NP5928,9650.03%
Kobuk Valley NP6017,6160.02%
Lake Clark NP & PRES6116,7280.02%
National Park of American Samoa6212,1350.01%
Gates of the Arctic NP & PRES6311,0450.01%