Julena Campbell or Amy Bartlett
Yellowstone National Park had the highest recreational visitation on record in July with 980,702 visits for the month-a 14 percent increase over last July and a 2 percent increase over the previous July record in 2010.
For the first seven months of 2015, record breaking recreational visits totaling 2,279,557 are up 17 percent over last year and 13 percent over the previous record year in 2010.
Each of the park’s five entrances showed increased visits for the month of July, with the North and West entrances both continuing to record the largest increases over July of last year.
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.
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/Park.
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Last updated: August 20, 2015