South Entrance Opening 2013

Yellowstone Visitation Up, Down in July 2013

The number of cars entering Yellowstone National Park in July 2013 was up over a year ago, but the National Park Service‘s new method of calculating Yellowstone visitation yielded a decrease in estimated arrivals.

Before the prime portion of the 2013 travel season, National Park Service officials changed the way visitation at Yellowstone National Park was tallied. No, the rangers at the entrance gates aren’t counting every person in every car and RV entering the Park: they’re counting vehicles and assuming a per-car average, which is then extrapolated to a total attendance. By changing the multiplier from 2.91 visitors per vehicle to 2.58, the Park is assuming fewer total visitors to the Park, yet that leaves a total number of cars higher.

At the end of the day, there were 812,212 recreational visitors to Yellowstone in July and a total of 1,828,862 from the beginning of 2013.

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Recreational Visits                   Recreational Autos & RV's
Month       2013     2012   Change      2013      2012   Change
January   24,699    4,766   -0.27%      4,135    4,833  -14.44%
February  31,053   27,752  +11.90%      5,654    4,908  + 5.20%
March     18,613   20,248   -8.07%      5,215    5,040  + 3.47%
April     24,606   29,056  -15.32%      9,777   10,397  - 5.96%
May      293,250  268,251   +9.32%    103,537   93,236  +11.05%
June     624,429  671,825   -7.05%    221,956  212,916   +4.25%
July     812,212  888,335   -8.57%    291,500  283,898   +2.68%
Total  1,828,862 1,930,233  -5.25%    641,774  615,228   +4.32%
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Compared to July 2012, the North, South, East, and West Entrances saw an increase in vehicle numbers.

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

Image courtesy National Park Service.

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