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Yellowstone Breaks Visitation Record In 2007

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Date: January 3, 2008
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

January 1, 2008   08-01

Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

Yellowstone Breaks Visitation Record In 2007

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park continued a record-breaking pace into the early winter season, culminating with an all-time annual visitation high of 3,151,342, up 9.8% from last year. The previous record was set in 1992 at 3,144,405 visitors.

Compared to 2006, parkwide visitation was up over 24% percent in November and 7.1% in December.

The greatest percentage increase in visitation was recorded at the park's East Entrance, with April to November numbers up nearly 21.4%. While the park tracks visitation figures, it doesn’t conduct surveys that would explain changes in visitation.

The bulk of the park’s visitation occurs May through September. Total recreational visits to the park during that time were 2,871,358. That’s an average of 15,690 visitors a day. The average visitation per day in July was 26,542.

Yellowstone roads are currently open for guided oversnow travel by snowcoaches and snowmobiles, with the exception of the road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, to Cooke City and Silver Gate. This is the only road in the park open all year to wheeled vehicles.

Lodging, food service, gift shops, and visitor centers are open at Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful. Information on winter activities and services can be found on the park web site at: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winteract.htm

Detailed visitor information figures are available online at http://www2.nature.nps.gov/mpur/logon.cfm.

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