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Yellowstone August Visitation

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Date: September 12, 2011
Contact: Al Nash or Dan Hottle, 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 12, 2011        11-095      
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone August Visitation



Monthly visitation to Yellowstone National Park in August topped the 800-thousand mark for only the second time in the park's history.

The park recorded 805,173 recreational visitors in August 2011. That is the second highest monthly visitation level ever recorded. However, it is down 5.8-percent from the 854,837 visitors to the park in August 2010.

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Recreational August Year-to-Year
Visitors                      Change

2011         805,173   - 5.8 %
2010         854,837  + 13.5 %
2009         752,983  + 3.0 %
2008         731,063   + 3.0 %  
2007         710,781   + 11.8 %
2006         635,666  

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Recreational
Visitors           2011   2010   2009

June            634,316  694,841  643,844
July         906,935  957,785  900,515
August      805,173  854,837  752,983

Summer Months 2,346,424 2,507,463 2,297,342

Total
Year-To-Date    2,653,832 2,866,401 2,654,378

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The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone this summer is off compared to the previous year, but up slightly compared to 2009. Park visitation for the first eight months of the year is also down compared to the record year of 2010, but nearly equal to visitation levels recorded in 2009.

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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Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.