• Steam rises off of the colorful Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces. Photo courtesy Jacob W. Frank


    National Park ID,MT,WY

August Pushes Yellowstone Visitation Over 2.5 Million Mark For 2013

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: September 6, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
September 6, 2013 13-078

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


August Pushes Yellowstone Visitation Over 2.5 Million Mark For 2013

The number of recreational visits to Yellowstone National Park for the first seven months of 2013 is over 2.5 million, with more than two million visitors to the park during the three busy summer months.

There were 725,136 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in August, and a total of 2,161,777 during June, July, and August. Year-to-date, the park has recorded 2,554,000 recreational visits in 2013. The total number of recreational visitors to Yellowstone through August was down 5.77% but vehicle traffic was up 4.37% compared to the same period in 2012.

Beginning this year, the park is using a new average number of people per vehicle, known as a multiplier, based on surveys conducted in 2012. Yellowstone began using the new, lower multipliers as of January 2013. This explains why the park can have more traffic but fewer visitors.

Monthly visitation statistics are calculated by taking the actual number of wheeled vehicles entering the park gates and using a person-per-vehicle multiplier to calculate the number of recreational visitors. For example, during the summer months we previously used an average multiplier of 2.91 persons-per-vehicle. Based on the survey, we currently use a lower average multiplier of 2.58 persons-per-vehicle.

A comparison of park traffic reflects an increase in the number of autos and RVs entering the park for recreational purposes in August. The total number of automobiles and RV's entering Yellowstone for recreational purposes during the month was up 4.49% compared to August 2012Compared to August 2012, the North, South, East, and West Entrances all saw an increase in vehicle numbers, with vehicle travel through the park's Northeast Entrance down 261 vehicles compared to the previous year.

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

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/ReportList.

- www.nps.gov/yell -
Follow YellowstoneNPS on YouTube Facebook Twitter Flickr
The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

Did You Know?