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Yellowstone Breaks September and Annual Visitation Records

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Date: October 5, 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
October 5, 2010   10-114   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Breaks September and Annual Visitation Records

It’s official. Yellowstone National Park has already broken last year’s record visitation figure, with three months left in the calendar year.

For the first time ever, Yellowstone National Park hosted over half a million visitors during September. The 550-thousand recreational visitors to the park last month shattered the previous September record of nearly 490-thousand set last year. September was the fourth record breaking month in a row for Yellowstone. 

Park visitation during the first nine months of the year topped 3.41 million, above the 3.14 million who came to Yellowstone during the same period on 2009. With three months to go in 2010, year-to-date visitation has topped last year’s record annual visitation record of 3,295,187.

Recreational Visitors

2010

2009

Change

May

 250,445

 261,763

 - 4.3 %

June

 694,841   

 643,844 

 + 7.9 %

July

 957,785   

 900,515 

 + 6.4 %

August

 854,837   

 752,983 

+ 13.5 %

September

 550,504

 489,438

+ 12.5 %

Total Year-To-Date

3,416,905 

3,143,816

+  8.7 %


Recreational Visitors

  September

Year-to-Year Change

2010

 550,504

+ 12.5 %

2009

 489,438            

+ 11.9 %

2008

 437,552             

     -  5.7 %

2007

 463,994             

+ 8.3 %

2006

 428,369             

+ 8.9 %

2005

393,362

 

Visitation figures were up at all five park entrances when compared to year-ago levels. The West Entrance remains the park’s busiest, with nearly 216,000 visitors in September.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May. In 2009, the park recorded just over 150,000 visitors during the months of October, November, and December.

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


- www.nps.gov/yell -

 

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Lake Trout Illustration

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