Glacier Park Sets Monthly Attendance Record in August

Glacier Park has attracted a total of 2.25 million people so far in 2016, an 18 percent increase

By Dillon Tabish
Logan Pass on July 22, 2016. Greg Lindstrom | Flathead Beacon

The flood of summertime visitors set another attendance record last month in Glacier National Park.

An estimated 736,868 people visited the park in August, shattering the previous record for the month of August and amounting to a 27 percent increase over last year, according to the National Park Service. It marked the fourth consecutive monthly visitation record this year, dating back to May.

Glacier Park has attracted a total of 2.25 million people so far in 2016, an 18 percent increase over last year. The park is on pace to break its annual attendance mark for the third year in a row. There were 2.33 million visitors in 2014 and 2.36 million last year.

August’s attendance was the second largest in the history of the park behind only July, when 818,481 people visited. The previous record for the month of August was 675,119 people in 2014.

Last month, the West Entrance saw 317,367 visitors, a 22 percent increase over last year. St. Mary’s attracted 177,799 people, a 41 percent increase. Many Glacier attracted 100,912 people, a 22 percent increase.

More than 35,000 RV campers stayed overnight in the park, a 41 percent increase. The number of tent campers jumped 24 percent to 43,352 people.

Historically, August represents the final month of the busy tourist season. Last September saw 351,388 visitors, half as many as August.

Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup.

Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.