June seems to have been less busy than typical despite Moab reopening the month before, and the tourists who are coming are foregoing plane rides much more than they have in previous years — perhaps to nobody’s surprise.
The number of travelers who flew out of Canyonlands Field Airport last month was less than a third of what it was in June 2019 — much less than the 26% decrease in overall visitation to the parks and 10% decrease in visitation to Sand Flats, suggesting visitors are much more interested to drive into town than they had before.
Specifically, the number of passengers who stepped onto a SkyWest flight in the month of June was 425. In June 2019, that number was 1,426, according to Airport Director Andy Solsvig.
In April, a mere 26 people flew out of the airport on a SkyWest flight, meaning there were at least four days in the month when no passengers stepped onto a flight to Denver.
The numbers align with anecdotes from businesses of seeing more Texas and California license plates than typical. Travelers in those areas who might previously have flown to the area are opting instead to drive — perhaps even renting or buying an RV for the trip. The Boston Globe reported in May that RV sales were “skyrocketing” nationally.