Did you know Yellowstone keeps track of how many people visit the park each year? Park employees like Evan use the information gathered to produce monthly reports, which help inform management decisions ranging from how many people we hire each summer to updating infrastructure to accommodate increased visitation. Knowing how many people visit the area also helps us understand how big of an economic impact Yellowstone has on local communities.
"It's interesting to look at the data for trends. For example, the first year we started collecting data in 1904, we had about 14K visits. Compare that with out busiest year (2016) of 4.26M, and it's a 31K% increase. It took 76 years to hit 1M visits in a single year, but only 17 more to hit 2M, 27 more to hit 3M, and 23 more to hit 4M." - Visitor Services Technician Evan Hubbard
Last updated: May 5, 2021