Yellowstone Reports Strong October Visitor Numbers

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Date: November 7, 2014
Contact: Al Nash , (307) 344-2015

It was another record visitation month for Yellowstone in October. A total of 194,804 recreational visitors came to Yellowstone last month, surpassing the previous October record of 189,072 set in 2010. The dramatic year-to-year difference in visitation figures between October 2014 and October 2013 reflects the 16 day park closure due to last October's federal government shutdown. There were 3,483,608 recreational visits to Yellowstone in first ten months of 2014, an increase of 10.26% over the same period in 2013. With two months left in the calendar year, 2014 is already the second highest visitation year on record, surpassing the 3,447,727 recreational visits recorded in 2012. The park's peak visitation year was 2010, when there were 3,640,184 recreational visits to Yellowstone.


  Recreational  Visits 2014   Recreational Visits 2013  Change 
January  26,778  24,699  +8.42% 
February  28,233   31,053  -9.08%
March   18,778  18,613  +0.89%  
April  31,356  24,606  +27.43%   
May   310,039   293,250  +5.73%  
June  669,642  624,429  +7.24%    
July  858,857  812,212  +5.74%    
August  773,357   725,136  +6.65 %   
September   571,764  557,925  +2.48 %   
October  194,804  47,560  +309.59 %    
Total Year-To-Date  3,483,608  3,159,485  +10.26 %    

July is typically the peak visitation month in Yellowstone, 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/Park. 

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