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Yellowstone Begins 2013 With Strong Visitation

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Date: June 7, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2013 13-045    

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 Begins 2013 With Strong Visitation

 
Yellowstone National Park is off to a strong start to the 2013 visitor year.

Visitation to the world’s first national park begins to pick up in May as weather improves and interior roads and visitor facilities begin to open to the public.

There were 293,250 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in May and a total of 392,222 for the first five months of 2013.

  

 

Recreational

Visits

2013

Recreational

Visits

2012

 

Change

January

24,699

24,766

-  0.27 %

February

31,053

27,752

+ 11.90 %

March

18,613

20,248

-  8.07 %

April

24,606

29,056

- 15.32 %

May

293,250

268,251

+ 9.32 %

Total Year-To-Date

392,222

370,073

+   5.99%

   

However, comparing recreational visitor figures from 2013 with those from 2012 will not provide an accurate picture of year-to-year changes in park visitation.

Visitation statistics are calculated by taking the actual number of wheeled vehicles entering the park gates, and using a person-per-vehicle multiplier to calculate the number of monthly recreational visitors.

Last summer, Yellowstone conducted surveys to gauge the accuracy of the multipliers which have been in use for nearly 20 years. Based on the survey results, Yellowstone began using new, monthly lower person-per-vehicle multipliers as of January 2013. 

For instance, during the summer months we previously used a multiplier of 2.91 persons-per-vehicle. This year and into the future, we’ll use the lower multiplier of 2.58 persons-per-vehicle.

A better year-to-year comparison of park visitation may be to look at the number of autos and RVs entering the park for recreational purposes.

 

 

 

 

Recreational

Autos & RVs

2013

Recreational

Autos & RVs

2012

 

Change

January

4,135

4,833

- 14.44 %

February

5,654

4,908

+ 5.20 %

March

5,215

5,040

+ 3.47 %

April

9,777

10,397

-  5.96 %

May

103,537

93,236

+ 11.05 %

Total Year-To-Date

128,318

118,414

+  8.36 %

 

The total number of automobiles and RV’s entering Yellowstone for recreational purposes during the first five months of 2013 was up 8.36% compared to the same period in 2012.

 

All park entrances saw an increase in these vehicle numbers in May 2013 compared to the same month the previous year, with the park’s East and South entrances posting the largest gains.

The actual number of vehicles entering Yellowstone this year for recreational purposes is expected to remain consistent with levels experienced in recent years.

Monthly and annual recreational visitor figures which will be reported over the course of this year may not reflect an actual significant change in the number of park visitors, just a different and more accurate accounting of park visitation.

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

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/ReportList.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Please note: In order to promote clarity regarding park visitation statistics which are being calculated differently than in past years, Yellowstone will report both the number of recreational visits and the number of autos and RVs entering the park for recreational purposes during this calendar year.


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