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Yellowstone's July Visitation

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Date: August 4, 2011
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
August 4, 2011 11-084
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone July Visitation

Monthly visitation to Yellowstone National Park in July topped the 900-thousand mark for only the third time in the park’s history.

The park recorded 906,935 recreational visitors in July 2011. That is the second highest monthly visitation level ever recorded. It is down from the record 957,785 visitors to the park in July 2010.

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       Recreational Year to Year
JULY     Visitors Change 

2011     906,935 - 5.3 %
2010     957,785 + 6.4 %
2009     900,515 + 11.4 %
2008     808,110 - 1.8 %
2007     822,773 + 11.4 %
2006     738,807
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The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first seven months of the calendar year is also down compared to last year’s record levels. The park recorded 1,848,658 recreational visitors from January through July 2011, down 8.1 percent from the 2,011,586 visitors recorded during the same period in 2010. Despite the year-to-year decline, park visitation for the first seven months of 2011 is still the third highest ever recorded.
 
July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

Yellowstone hosted a record number of visitors in 2010. Over 3.64 million people visited the world’s first national park last year, up 10.55 percent over 2009, which was itself a record year.

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

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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.