Lake Mead remains the fifth most visited national park


Lake Mead National Recreation Area is the nation’s fifth most visited park for the second year in a row with 7.6 million visitors in 2021.

“It’s wonderful to see so many Americans continue to find comfort and inspiration in these incredible places in the second year of the pandemic,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said in a news release. “We are happy to see so many visitors returning to iconic parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, but there are hundreds more that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Whatever experience you’re looking for in 2022, national parks are there to be discovered.

According to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area Public Relations Office, the park’s popularity is attributed to its land, water and nature recreation opportunities as well as “its proximity to several major urban centers. of the Southwestern United States” that gives visitors the opportunity to see “spectacular scenery” and “diverse natural resources” that preserve the region’s history.

Its visitors in 2021 accounted for 2.56% of the 297.1 million visitors to all national parks in the country. Lake Mead was the sixth most visited national park from 2017 to 2019 and rose to fifth place in 2020 with over 8 million visitors that year.

The 1.5 million acre park near Boulder City has 1,000 miles of shoreline, over 700 miles of paved and backcountry roads, a 34-mile hiking and biking trail, seven fields camping and access to the launch ramp for boaters.

It also has the Mohave National Water Trail which was designated in the park in 2020. It begins at Eldorado Canyon, 13 miles south of Willow Beach, and continues south to the Laughlin Bridge under Davis Dam, as well as the Black Canyon National Water Trail. , which begins at the base of the Hoover Dam and travels about 30 miles south to the Mohave Trailhead.

For the first time in its history, the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument in northern Las Vegas began reporting visitation numbers, with 11,953 visitors.

Nearby, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona ranked 13th for the year with 4.5 million visitors and Death Valley National Park in California saw 1.146 million visitors.

The Park Service noted that 44 parks broke attendance records in 2021.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at or 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.


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