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Yellowstone September 2012 Visitation

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Date: October 4, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
October 4, 2012     12-084    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone September 2012 Visitation

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for September was down slightly compared to last year's levels. The park recorded 527,610 recreational visitors in September 2012, down 1.6 percent from last year. Despite the decline, it was still the third highest September visitation ever recorded.

Recreational Visitors September Year-to-Year Change
2012 527,610 -1.63%
2011 536,349 -2.6%
2010 550,504 +12.5%
2009 489,438 +11.9%
2008 437,552 -5.7%
2007 463,994  

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first nine months of the calendar year is up compared to 2011. The park recorded 3,238,128 recreational visitors from January through September 2012, a 1.5 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%
September 527,610 536,349 -1.63%
Total Year-To-Date 3,238,128 3,190,181 +1.5%

With three months left in the calendar year, more recreational visits to Yellowstone have been recorded this year than in all of 2007, which was previously the fourth highest visitation year on record.

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

Detailed park visitation information is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/.

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