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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?

Bear Cubs

Even though the animals of Yellowstone seem tame they are still wild. Feeding the animals is not permitted in any way, and all visitors must keep 100 yards away from wolves and bears, and 25 yards from other animals.