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Record Number of Visitors Enjoyed Yellowstone This Summer

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Date: September 9, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: 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
September 9, 2009    09-076   
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Record Number of Visitors Enjoyed Yellowstone This Summer
Yellowstone National Park hosted a record number of visitors this summer. Nearly 2.3 million people came to the park during June, July and August, up 124,000 over the previous summer record of 2,173,371set back in 1999.

Nearly 753,000 visitors came to the park this past August. That’s up three percent compared to the August 2008, and just a little more than 11,000 shy of the all-time August record of 764,237 set in 1998. 

Park visitation year-to-date is up 8.1 percent compared to the same period in 2008, and well above the previous January through August visitation record of 2,511,790 set in 2007.

Yellowstone Recreational  Visitors







+ 8.5%




+ 11.4%




+ 3.0%

June through August



+ 7.7%

Total Year-To-Date



+ 8.1%

All park entrances have seen an increase in visitors year-to-date when compared to 2008. 

The West Entrance remains the park’s busiest, with 1,090,306 visitors for the year; and nearly 300,000 in August alone.  The greatest percentage increase in visitation was again recorded through the East Entrance, up 16.3 percent from August 2008.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.  Additional visitation information is available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/.

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, with local businesses offering a wide range of recreation opportunities. A wealth of information and assistance planning a visit to Yellowstone can be found on the park’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/yell

Reservations and information on in-park campgrounds and lodging is available by contacting Xanterra Parks & Resorts at 866-GEYSERLAND or online at http://www.travelyellowstone.com.

Information on lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in the Montana communities of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Cooke City, is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/.

Those interested in visiting the Wyoming communities of Cody and Jackson should contact the Chambers of Commerce, or Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996 or http://www.wyomingtourism.org.

- www.nps.gov/yell-

Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.