Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone Attendance Up Sharply in July

All park entrances reported an increase in the number of visitors compared to year ago levels. The West Entrance remains the park’s busiest, with over 385,000 visitors this July compared to 337,000 a year ago. The greatest percentage increase in visitation was recorded through the East Entrance, up 15.1 percent from July 2008.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.

This is the second record setting month for the park this year. Visitation in June was just under 644,000, well above the previous record of 609,000 visitors in June 2007.

For the first seven months of the year, over 1.9 million people have visited Yellowstone. That’s up 100,000 from the previous record of 1.8 million recorded in 2007. The park may be on a pace to break the annual visitation record of 3.15 million set in 2007.

 2009 2008 Change
January 24,770 26,865 -7.8%
February  28,355 33,557 -15.5%
March  17,317  19,147  -9.6%
April  24,831 24,433 +1.6%
May  261,763  217,938  +20.1%
June  643,844 593,406 +8.5%
July  900,515  806.110  +11.4%
1,723,545 +10.5%

Park managers believe the decrease in gasoline prices from over $4 a gallon last July to near $2.50 a gallon this summer helped spur the increase in visitation.

The National Park Service is offering three fee-free weekends to encourage Americans to visit their national parks this summer. The free admission weekend of July 18-19 is also believed to have contributed to the high visitation levels. The next fee free weekend is set for August 15-16.

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