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Yellowstone Sets New Visitation Record for June

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Date: July 6, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 6, 2010 10-060   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Sets Visitation Record For June

Nearly 700,000 visitors came to Yellowstone National Park during June. It marks the second record June in a row, and the third record June out of the last four years. Visitor numbers this June are 100,000 higher than those recorded in June 2008.

Recreational Visitors   2010    2009    Change

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January               25,595  24,770 + 3.3 %

February              29,108  28,355 + 2.7 %

March                 21,028  17,317 + 21.4 %

April                 32,763  24,831 + 31.9 %

May                  250,445 261,763 - 4.3 %

June                 694,841 643,844 + 7.9 %

Total Year-To-Date 1,053,780 1,000,880 + 5.3 %

 

Recreational Visitors  June Year to Year Change

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2010                694,841             + 7.9 %

2009                643,844             + 8.5 %

2008                 593,405             - 2.7 %

2007                609,606             + 9.4 %

2006                557,213             - 0.5 %

2005                560,014

Visitor numbers were up at all four entrances when compared to year-ago levels, with double-digit increases reported through the East and Northeast Entrances.

The West Entrance remains the park’s busiest, with over 280,000 visitors recorded this June, compared to just over 261,000 a year ago. 

Visitation to the park for the first six months of the year is over the one million mark, up 5.3 percent over the same period a year ago.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May. 

Yellowstone hosted a record number of visitors in 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 7.5% from 2008 and up 4.6% from the previous record of 3.15 million visitors set in 2007.

Detailed park visitation information is available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/.

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Did You Know?

Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.