Yellowstone National Park

August Numbers Down in Yellowstone; Yearly Numbers Up

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park was down slightly in August 2012 when compared to August 2011, but the yearly numbers for visitation are up slightly from 2011.

The Park recorded 780,286 recreational visitors in July 2012, down 3.1 percent from last year.  Despite the decline, it was still the third highest August visitation recorded.

Recreational  August    Year-to-Year
Visitors                Change

2012          780,286   -  3.1 %
2011          805,173   -  5.8 %
2010          854,837   + 13.5 %
2009          752,983   +  3.0 %
2008          731,063   +  3.0 %
2007          710,781

The number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first eight months of the calendar year is up compared to 2011. The park recorded 2,710,518 recreational visitors from January through August 2012, a 2.1 percent year-to-year increase.

Recreational      2012      2011    Change
Visitors

January          24,766    24,517   +  1.0 %
February         27,752    28,174   -  1.5 %
March            20,248    18,728   +  8.1 %
April            29,056    28,147   +  3.2 %
May             268,251   207,842   +  29.1%
June            671,825   634,316   +  5.9 %
July            888,335   906,935   -  2.1 %
August          780,286   805,173   -  3.1 %

Total
Year-to-Date  2,710,518  2,653,832  +  2.1 %

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

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