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Yellowstone August 2012 Visitation

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Date: September 12, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
September 12, 2012    12-077   

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone August 2012 Visitation

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for August down slightly compared to year ago levels. The park recorded 780,286 recreational visitors in August 2012, down 3.1 percent from last year. Despite the decline, it was still the third highest August visitation recorded.

Recreational Visitors August Year-to-Year Change
2012 780,286 -3.1%
2011 805,173 -5.8%
2010 854,837 +13.5%
2009 752,983 +3.0%
2008 731,063 +3.0%
2007 710,781  

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first eight months of the calendar year is up compared to 2011. The park recorded 2,710,518 recreational visitors from January through August 2012, a 2.1 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%
August 780,286 805,173 -3.1%
Total Year-To-Date 2,710,518 2,653,832 +2.1%

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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Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.