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Yellowstone 2020 visitation statistics

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Park employee welcomes visitors at the South Entrance on Opening day 2020

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News Release Date: January 28, 2021

Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – The park hosted 3,806,305 recreation visits in 2020, down 5% from 2019.  

The park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 beginning March 24, 2020. Two Wyoming entrances opened on May 18 and three Montana entrances opened on June 1, 2020. All five entrances have been open since June 1.

Visitation for the months of September and October were the busiest on record.

The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years:

2020 - 3,806,305
2019 - 4,020,288
2018 - 4,115,000
2017 - 4,116,524
2016 - 4,257,177
2015 - 4,097,710

Visitors: recreate responsibly and reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, do not visit the park. Self-quarantine to avoid exposing others. Services are limited in the park. Stay informed about changes to park operations. Download the Yellowstone App, and visit and the park's social media channels.
More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.

Last updated: September 21, 2023

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