According to National Park Service data, Big Bend National Park saw a 21 percent increase in visitors between 2014 and 2015.
Author and park expert Ron Lizzi compared the 2014 data with the recent data for the last year to make a list of the top 59 national parks for his official website. Big Bend lands at No. 41 on his list of 59 parks. Guadalupe Mountains National Park, ranked 48th, only had an increase of 1.6 percent between 2014 and 2015.
Big Bend appears to have had a surge of popularity in 2015, with an extra 67,645 people coming to visit the sprawling park. Overall 381,747 came by to take in the sights.
The top five parks in the parks system are the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, Yosemite, and Yellowstone National Park.
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According to Lizzi’s data crunch, Joshua Tree National Park saw a 27.4 percent increase, with an extra 435,852 visitors coming to the California outpost. A total of 2,025,756 visitors came to see where the high Mojave and the low Colorado deserts rub shoulders.
Big Bend is nothing to sneeze at. It’s bigger than one of the oldest states in the union.
Big Bend National Park spans 1,252 square miles, which couldn’t even fit inside Rhode Island (1,212 square miles).
It remains one of the jewels of the national system, but it also happens to be one of the least-visited. It’s one of 13 national parks in Texas.