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Yellowstone Reports Record Visitation for Third Month in a Row

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Date: September 8, 2010
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
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2010 10-103   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Reports Record Visitation For Third Month In A Row

It has been a record-breaking summer for Yellowstone National Park. Visitation figures for June, July, and now August, have all shattered previous records.

Yellowstone hosted 854,837 visitors in August. It is the first time August visitation has passed the 800,000 mark, and is up more than 81,000 from the previous August record of 773,307 visitors set back in1995.

Visitation for the 3 summer months topped 2.5 million. Visitation for the first 8 months of the year was almost 2.87 million. 

Recreational Visitors

2010

2009

Change

June

 694,841   

 643,844 

+ 7.9 %

July

 957,785   

 900,515 

+ 6.4 %

August

 854,837   

 752,983 

+ 13.5 %

Summer Months

2,507,463 

2,297,342 

+ 9.1 %

Total
Year-To-Date

2,866,401 

2,654,378 

+  8.0 %

 

Recreational Visitors

August

Year-to-Year Change

2010

 854,837

+ 13.5 %

2009

 752,983             

+ 3.0 %

2008

 731,063             

+ 2.9 %

2007

 710,781             

+ 11.8 %

2006

 635,666             

- 1.8 %

2005

 647,288

 



Visitor numbers were up at all five park entrances when compared to year-ago levels. The West Entrance remains the park’s busiest, with over 345,000 visitors in August. The North Entrance saw the greatest percentage increase in visitors, up a whopping 20% from the same month in 2009. 

Yellowstone hosted a record number of visitors in 2009. Nearly 3.3 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 7.5% from 2008 and up 4.6% from the previous record of 3.15 million visitors set in 2007. The park is on track to break the 2009 record this year.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

Detailed park visitation information is available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/.

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Did You Know?

Fishing Bridge.

You cannot fish from Fishing Bridge. Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area. It is now a popular place to observe fish.