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Yellowstone Reports Strong June Visitation

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Date: July 6, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
July 6, 2012          12-049    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Reports Strong June Visitation

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for June and for the first six months of the year is up compared to year-ago levels.

The park recorded 674,498 recreational visitors in June 2012, up over 6-percent from last year, and is second only to record levels reported in June 2010.

Recreational Visitors   June Year to Year Change
2012 674,498 +6.3%
2011 634,316 -8.7%
2010 694,841 +7.9%
2009 643,844 +8.5%
2008 593,405 -2.7%
2007 609,606  

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first six months of the calendar year is also up compared to 2011. The park recorded 1,044,570 recreational visitors from January through June 2012, compared to 941,723 during the same period in 2011, nearly an 11-percent year-to-year increase.

Recreational Visitors 2012 2011 Change
January 24,766 24,517 +1.0%
February 27,752 28,174 -1.5%
March 20,248 18,728 +8.1%
April 29,056 28,147 +3.2%
May 268,251 207,842 +29.1%
June 674,498 634,316 +6.3%
Total Year-To-Date 1,044,571 941,723 +10.9%

July is typically the park's peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

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

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