At the peak of the summer season, Yellowstone National Park (4.3 million annual visitors) more closely resembles Manhattan gridlock than an oasis of natural solitude. When the autumn leaf colors are at their most vibrant, Great Smoky Mountains National Park (11 million yearly visitors) is jammed with excited peepers, the most visited park in the U.S. But not all of America's 58 national parks are subjected to floods of human beings — in fact, some of them see hardly any visitors at all.
There are varying reasons that the seven least-visited parks see so few visitors. Some are hard to get to. Others have inhospitable climates part of the year. But they all offer majestic solitude for outdoors lovers who prefer fresh air over car fumes. We've listed the seven least-visited national parks in the U.S., using visitation statistics from the 2017 season. Chelsea Sullivan, spokesperson from the park service's office of communications, gave us the lowdown on these parks and what they have to offer.