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Beautiful Weather Enabled Another Record-Breaking Month

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Date: November 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
November 8, 2010 10-119   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Beautiful Weather Enabled Another Record-Breaking
Month in Yellowstone

To those out and about in Yellowstone last month, it’s no surprise that October set another visitation record. The actual numbers, however, said it all – up over 52% from last year, and almost 20,000 more than 1988, which held the previous October record. Year-to-date visitation is up 10.4% from last year.

Unusually mild weather, less construction, and regional travelers happy to have the park a little more to themselves, may be some of the factors contributing to the record visitation of 189,072 in October; making it the fifth record-breaking month in a row for the park.

Visitation figures were up at all five park entrances when compared to 2009 levels. The West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, remains the park’s busiest, with nearly 80,600 visitors in October; more than double the next highest numbers which were at the North Entrance, near Gardiner, Montana.

Recreational
Visitors

2010

2009

Change

January through April

65,137

58,326

+ 11.7 %

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 %

October

189,072

123,867

+ 52.6 %

Total Year-To-Date

3,605,977

3,267,683

+  10.4 %



Recreational Visitors

October

Year to Year Change

2010

189,072

+ 52.6 %

2009

123,867

- 14.9 %

2008

145,488

+ 4.1 %

2007

139,789

- 4.8 %

2006

146,790

+ 2.7 %

2005

142,912

 

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

The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, the Lamar Valley, and on to Cooke City is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year, but all other entrances and park roads closed to automobile travel this morning, Monday, November 8, at 8 a.m.  
 
At Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, medical clinic, campground, and the Albright Visitor Center remain open all year. Pay-at-the-pump fuel is available 24 hours a day all year at the Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction service stations.

-- www.nps.gov/yell --

Did You Know?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.