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Yellowstone Reports Record June Visitation

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Date: July 2, 2008
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        

July 2, 2008                 08-053
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015



Visitation to Yellowstone National Park hit a new record in June, and is on a near record pace for the first six months of the year.

The park recorded 612,095 recreational visits in June 2008. That’s up 2,489 visitors from June 2007, and marks only the second time in history that Yellowstone’s June visitation has topped the 600-thousand mark.

For the first six months of the year, the park recorded 947,647 visitors. While that’s down slightly from last year’s record of 978,235 visitors, this is the second highest visitation level ever recorded for the first six months of the year. It remains well above the 889,234 visitors recorded for the first six months of 2006. 

Yellowstone had a record 3,151,342 visitors in 2007. The previous record was set in 1992 at 3,144,405 visitors. The bulk of the park’s visitation occurs May through September.

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


Did You Know?

Seventh Cavalry Ensignia Pin.

Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.