Yellowstone Visitation Tops 3 Million For Eighth Straight Year

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Date: January 9, 2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2015            15-001   

Al Nash
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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Yellowstone Visitation Tops 3 Million For Eighth Straight Year

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park in 2014 topped the 3 million mark for the eighth straight year.

Overall visitation to Yellowstone for 2014 was 3,513,486, up 10.21 percent from 2013, making it the second highest visitation year on record.

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Yellowstone National Park
Annual Recreational Visitors

Rank Year  Visitation
 1   2010  3,640,184
 2   2014  3,513,486
 3   2012  3,447,727
 4   2011  3,394,321
 5   2009  3,295,187
 6   2013  3,188,030
 7   2007  3,151,343
 8   1992  3,144,405
 9   1999  3,131,381
10   1995  3,125,285

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Nearly 1.44 million people came into Yellowstone through the park’s West Entrance in 2014, which also saw the greatest percentage increase in visitors among the park’s five main gates, up more than 14 percent from 2013 levels.

December visitation to Yellowstone was up 5.53 percent compared to year ago levels, with 18,340 visitors recorded in 2014 compared to 17,378 during the same period in 2013.

In December, 10,778 visitors came into the park’s North Entrance by wheeled vehicles.

Limited snowpack at the start of the oversnow winter season prohibited some snowmobile access for several days, restricting visitor travel on some road segments to snowcoach or commercial wheeled vehicles until conditions improved. For the month, 5,004 visitors entered the interior of the park by snowcoach or commercial wheeled vehicle, while 3,614 entered on guided snowmobile trips.

The last time the park recorded fewer than 3 million annual recreational visits was in 2006, with 2.87 million visits.

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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