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Yellowstone Visitation for June

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Date: July 8, 2011

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
July 8, 2011            11-077   
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015


Yellowstone June Visitation

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for June and for the first six months of 2011 remains strong, but off 2010’s record pace.

The park recorded 634,316 recreational visitors in June 2011, down 8.7 percent from last year’s all time record 694,841. However, this is still the third highest June visitation on record.

Recreational June Year-to-Year
Visitors               Change
2011        634,316 - 8.7 %
2010        694,841 + 7.9 %
2009        643,844 + 8.5 %
2008        593,405 - 2.7 %
2007        609,606 + 9.4 %
2006        557,213 

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first six months of the calendar year is also down compared to last year’s record levels. The park recorded 941,723 recreational visitors from January through June 2011, compared to 1,053,801 during the same period in 2010. Despite the year-to-year decline, park visitation for the first half of this year is still the fifth highest ever recorded.

Year-to-date visitation for 2011 reflects a decrease in May figures from those previously reported, due to an initial error in visitation figures reported through the park’s Northeast entrance.

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

Yellowstone hosted a record number of visitors in 2010. Over 3.64 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 10.55 percent over 2009, which itself was a record year.

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

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