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Yellowstone Reports Record June Visitation
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YELLOWSTONE REPORTS RECORD JUNE VISITATION
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?
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.