Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone 2011 Visitation Down; Weather Culprit

In fact, it’s a little surprising that visitation wasn’t down more last month, when visitation was 218,317, down 12.8 percent from May 2010 levels, when the weather was better (though still not great) and main roads and entrances weren’t closed or curtailed because of weather conditions.

Here’s a look at Yellowstone National Park visitation in 2011, compared to last year:

Month 2011 2010 Change
January 24,517 25,595 -4.2%
February 28,174 29,108 -3.2% 
March 18,728 21,028 -10.9%
April 28,147 32,763 -14.1%
May 218,317 250,445 -12.9%
Year-to-Date 317,882 358,939 -11.4%

The park has experienced back-to-back record visitation years, with nearly 3.3 million visitors in 2009 and over 3.6 million visitors in 2010.

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