Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris Closed Sept. 14-30
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Beautiful Weather Enabled Another Record-Breaking Month
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Beautiful Weather Enabled Another Record-Breaking
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.
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.
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Did You Know?
At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.