Yellowstone Breaks Visitation Record In 2007
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
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Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015
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.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.