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Annual Visitors to Indiana Dunes National Park

Updated April 29th, 2022
The National Park Service released its visitation numbers for 2018, and Indiana Dunes National Park had 2,182,561 visitors, which is a decrease of about 1.4% from 2017.

Indiana Dunes National Park is the most visited of the National Parks in the Midwest Region. In 2021 Indiana Dunes National Park had the most visitors of the most recent years with a total of 3.2 million visitors. The count of visitors in the most recent year 2021 was a 49 percent increase from 2019. The expected total count of visitor in 2022 will be approximately 3.1 million visitors. Indiana Dunes National Park is among the top ten most visited National Parks in the United States. Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park are the two National Parks with similar annual count of visitors.

Annual Visitor Counts for Indiana Dunes National Park

Here is the most accurate data for the annual visitaiton counts. These counts come from the official NPS.gov website. Slight innacuracies may exist since counting practices have changed over time.

There are many reasons for why Indiana Dunes National Park is popular and has increased in visitation. Some reasons could be due to the COVID-19 pandemic where people are looking to get outdoors and enjoy nature while social distancing. National Parks have seen an increase in visitation across the board in the past year. Indiana Dunes National Park is also the most visited National Park in the Midwest Region which could attribute to its popularity. It is also in the top ten most visited National Parks in the United States. Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park are the only two National Parks with a comparable annual count of visitors.

Annual Visitor Counts for Indiana Dunes National Park
YearCount of Visitors
20213,177,210
20202,293,106
20192,134,285
20181,756,079
20172,158,471
20161,698,223
20151,640,195
20141,553,372
20131,681,695
20121,889,381
20111,840,513
20102,150,345
20091,944,568
20081,833,596
20071,972,344
20061,938,132
20052,127,336
20041,810,330
20031,953,449
20021,989,941
20011,735,404
20001,820,228
19991,748,047
19982,108,789
19971,483,782
19961,526,166
19951,696,488
19941,699,958
19931,763,094
19921,973,098
Data last updated on April 28th, 2022. Sourced from irma.nps.gov

Is Indiana Dunes National Park the most popular National Park?

No. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most popular National Park.

How many people visited Indiana Dunes National Park last year?

In 2021 there was a total of 3.2 million visitors to Indiana Dunes National Park.