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October Visitors Set Second Highest Yellowstone Record

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Date: November 8, 2011

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, 2011         11-113
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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October Visitors Set Second Highest Yellowstone Record

It was no trick that more than 175,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park last month were treated to unseasonably beautiful fall weather, yielding the park's second highest October visitation numbers on record and securing the park's second highest annual record.

With two more months remaining in the year, Yellowstone has already hosted 3,365,614 visitors, besting 2009's annual numbers. The park's record year in 2010 saw more than 3.6 million visitors, followed by nearly 3.3 million visitors in 2009.

The upswing last month may be attributed to several days of sun and mild temperatures that averaged in the 50s, including a high on the first day of October of 72 degrees.

The West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, remained the park's busiest, with 77,526 visitors in October, nearly double the next highest numbers of 35,821, which were recorded at the North Entrance, near Gardiner, Montana. The South Entrance near Jackson, Wyoming, followed with 32,569; the East Entrance at Cody, Wyoming, with 18,185; and the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City, Montana, at 11,981. 

For the third straight summer, Yellowstone topped more than 3 million visitors between the months of May and September, the latter month seeing more than half a million visitors for the second time in a row.

Recreational Visitors

2011

2010

Change

January through April

99,566

108,515

- 8.2%

May

207,842

250,445

- 17.0%

June

634,316

694,841

- 8.7%

July

906,935

957,785

- 5.3%

August

805,173

854,837

- 5.8%

September

536,349

550,504

- 2.6%

October

175,433

189,072

- 7.2%

Total Year-To-Date

3,365,614

3,605,999

- 6.7%



Recreational Visitors

October

Year to Year Change

2011

175,433

- 7.2%

2010

189,072

+ 52.6%

2009

123,867

- 14.9%

2008

145,488

+ 4.1%

2007

139,789

- 4.8%

2006

146,790

 


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 November 7.
 
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.

For more detailed visitation statistics, visit www.nature.nps.gov/stats.

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