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Yellowstone July 2012 Visitation

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Date: August 8, 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
August 8, 2012           12-060   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone July 2012 Visitation

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for July is down slightly compared to year ago levels. The park recorded 888,335 recreational visitors in July 2012, down 2.1 percent from last year.

Recreational Visitors July Year to Year Change
2012 888,335 - 2.1 %
2011 906,935 - 5.3 %
2010 957,785 + 6.4 %
2009 900,515 + 11.4 %
2008 808,110 - 1.8 %
2007 822,773 

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first seven months of the calendar year is up compared to 2011. The park recorded 1,930,232 recreational visitors from January through July 2012, compared to 1,848,658 during the same period in 2011, a 4.4 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 671,825 634,316 + 5.9 %
July  888,335 906,935 - 2.1 %
Total Year-To-Date 1,930,232 1,848,658 + 4.4 %

The above chart reflects a slight decrease in June 2012 recreational visitation from the earlier reported figure, due to the discovery of a data entry error.

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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