Lake Mead welcomed 8M visitors in 2020

Numbers rise despite a six-week pandemic closure
Nancy Veyna (L) stands in the waters of Lake Mead with her sons Kevin Veyna (R) and Luis Veyna (C) at Boulder Beach on May 12, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
Family at Lake Mead Photo credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) – Lake Mead National Recreation Area welcomed over 8 million recreation visitors in 2020, moving the park from the sixth to the fifth most visited site in the entire National Park Service.

In 2019, 7.5 million visitors came to the park.

The 2020 visitation numbers increased despite the closure of the Nevada side of the park for six weeks due to Covid-19. In addition, millions of visitors continued to travel along main state highways and interstates in the park, including I-11.

“The recreation opportunities at Lake Mead National Recreation Area are endless, making it a fantastic getaway that’s just minutes from Las Vegas,” said Superintendent Margaret L. Goodro. “We are glad so many more visitors enjoyed the healthy benefits of having fun outdoors hiking, fishing, and enjoying watersports,” she added.

To protect the health of those who live, work, and visit America’s national parks, face masks are required in all NPS buildings and facilities. Masks are also required on all federally managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks, and parking lots.

The complete list of park visitation and other visitor-related statistics are available on the National Park Service’s website at