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Yellowstone Visitation Tops 3 Million For Fifth Straight Year

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Date: January 6, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2012        12-002  
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Visitation Tops 3 Million For Fifth Straight Year

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park in 2011 topped the 3 million mark for the fifth straight year.

Overall visitation to Yellowstone for 2011 was 3,394,321. While down 6.8 percent from the record 3,640,184 people who visited the park the previous year, 2011 was the second highest visitation year on record.

Yellowstone National Park - Annual Recreational Visitors

Rank

Year

Visitation

1

2010

3,640,184

2

2011

3,394,321

3

2009

3,295,187

4

2007

3,151,343

5

1992

3,144,405

6

1999

3,131,381

7

1995

3,125,285

8

1998

3,120,830

9

2008

3,066,570

10

1994

3,046,145



More than one-fourth of the park's total annual visitation was recorded during the month of July, with 906,934 recreational visits.

December visitation was down 5.0 percent compared to year ago levels, with 16,509 visitors recorded in 2011 compared to 17,386 during the same period in 2010.

The last time the park recorded fewer than 3 million annual recreational visits was in 2006, with 2.87 million visits.

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

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