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Yosemite National Park Recorded 3.9 Million Visitors in 2009

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Date: January 8, 2010

Yosemite National Park received 3,866,970 visitors in 2009.  This marks the highest level of visitation in the park since 1996.

Visitation to the park peaked in 1996 with 4,190,557 visitors.  Since 1996, the park has experienced a downward trend in visitation.  This trend continued through 2006, with the park receiving 3,366,500 visitors.  In 2007, the trend reversed and visitation began to increase.

Visitation to Yosemite National Park first hit the one million mark in 1954.  The park saw two million visitors for the first time in 1967.  In 1987, the park hit the three million mark with 3,266,418 visitors.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.