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Yellowstone Visitation Up To Almost 1.3 Million After June

Yellowstone visitation is still markedly up in 2015 so far.

Visitation for 2015 was already up compared to 2014, as previously reported, and the new June numbers show an even more marked increase. A total of 780,786 visitors came to Yellowstone National Park in June, up nearly 17 percent from last June. It also breaks the previous record for most visits recorded in June. The honor previously went to June 2010, when 694,841 visitors came to Yellowstone National Park. The June 2015 numbers show a 12 increase over June 2010’s numbers, leaving it decisively behind.

In total, Yellowstone visitation has already broken one million visitors, a feat barely attained at this point last year. Nearly 1.3 million visitors have come to Yellowstone National Park so far in 2015. See below for the full table:

Month Recreational Visits 2015 Recreational Visits 2014
January 28,091 26,778 +4.9%
February 34,343 28,233 +21.64%
March 22,989 18,778 +22.43%
April 46,600 31,356 +48.61%
May 383,670 310,039 +23.75%
June 780,783 669,642 +16.59%
Total Year-To-Date
1,298,855 1,084,827 +19.73%

In addition, every park entrance saw increased visitation numbers in June. The North and West Entrances, in particular, showed an increase of more than 20 percent over June 2014. There were also more bus passengers—65,268 to be precise, an increase of 19.35 from last June—who came primarily through the West Entrance.

These statistics are gathered by taking the number of vehicles entering the park and applying a person-per-vehicle multiplier to the gathered sum.

If this trend continues, we should see even higher visitation numbers in July and August, typically the busiest months for Yellowstone visitation. June is, traditionally, the third busiest month for Yellowstone visitation, followed by September and May.

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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