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Yellowstone Visitation Already Over One Million Mark For 2013

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Date: July 10, 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
July 10, 2013           13-053    

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 Visitation Already Over One Million Mark For 2013

As visitation enters the peak summer period, visitation to Yellowstone National Park has already topped the million mark for the year.

There were 744,056 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in June and a total of 1,016,651 for the first six 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%

June

744,056

791,770

-6.03%

Total Year-To-Date

1,016,651

1,041,898

-2.42%



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 an average multiplier of 2.91 persons-per-vehicle. This year and into the future, we’ll use the lower average 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.

 

Rec. Auto & RVs

2013

Rec. Auto & 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%

June

221,956

212,916

+4.25%

Total Year-To-Date

350,274

331,330

+5.72%



The total number of automobiles and RV’s entering Yellowstone for recreational purposes during the first six months of 2013 was up 5.72% compared to the same period in 2012.

All park entrances saw an increase in these vehicle numbers in June 2013 compared to the same month the previous year, with the park’s North and East 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.

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