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Yellowstone 2008 Summer Visitation Up

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Date: September 5, 2008
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015

After a record June, Yellowstone National Park visitation remained strong in July and August, and remains on a near record pace for all of 2008.

The park recorded 735,572 recreational visits in August.  That’s up almost 25,000 visitors from the previous August.  The largest percentage increase in August was recorded through the East Entrance, up 13-point-7 percent from 2007. 

There were 826,728 recreational visitors to the park in July, up half a percent from the same period in 2007.

The park recorded 612,095 recreational visits in June 2008, an all time record for the month.

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK RECREATIONAL VISITS

 

                                                June thru      Jan. thru 

           June         July        August        August         August

 

2008      612,095      826,728      735,572      2,174,395      2,509,947    

2007      609,606      822,733      710,781      2,143,160      2,511,790

 

Change     + 0.4%       + 0.5%       + 3.5%         + 1.4%         - 0.1%

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Overall, visitation for the three summer months was up over 30-thousand visitors compared to the same period last year.

For the first eight months of this calendar year, the park received 2,509,947 recreational visitors, less than 2,000 fewer visitors than were recorded during the same period in 2007.

Yellowstone had a record 3,151,342 visitors in 2007.   The bulk of the park’s visitation occurs May through September.     

The park does not regularly conduct the kind of social science research necessary to break out or explain visitation changes or trends.

Detailed visitor information figures are available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/.

 

– www.nps.gov/yell –

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.