Visitation last year was a 3.5 percent decrease from the park’s record-breaking 2016, when it recorded more than 4.2 million guests.
Most of the park’s visitors are recorded during the summer months. Visitation drops off in November when most of the park entrances close.
Glacier National Park recorded its second-busiest year in 2018 despite wildfires that closed popular areas of the park during the peak season.
The Flathead Beacon reports that more than 2.9 million people visited Glacier last year.
The Howe Ridge Fire forced the evacuation of a large section of the park’s west side in August. The blaze burned several home along Lake McDonald and forces the early closure of Lake McDonald Lodge for the season.
Visitation to the park has grown rapidly in recent years. In 2016 the year of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration, Glacier saw 24 percent more visitors than the year before.