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July Visitation To Yellowstone Up Slightly In 2016

July 2016 visitation to Yellowstone National Park has risen slightly from the same period last year.

According to a park press release, 995,413 people visited Yellowstone in July, a one-and-a-half percent increase. Overall, visitation is up 6.5 percent in 2016 compared to the previous year. You can see the full breakdown below:

Month Recreational Visits 2016 Recreational Visits 2015
Change
January 30,621 28,091 +9%
February 36,327 34,343 +5.7%
March 22,924 22,989 -1%
April 59,253 46,600 +27%
May 444,817 383,064 +15.2%
June 838,316 780,768 +7.37%
July 995,413 980,702 +1.5%
Total Year-To-Date
2,427,671 2,279,557 +6.5%

July’s numbers bring the number of visitors to Yellowstone this year to nearly 2.5 million, following a record-breaking June.

Reflecting a growing trend, the largest increase in vehicle traffic came in the form of buses. Bus traffic was up 13 percent this July compared to July 2015.

Interestingly, July saw a slight decrease in vehicle traffic though the North, East, and Northeast Entrances. Traffic was up through the West and South entrances.

With numbers like these, it’s likely 2016 will surpass 2015 in terms of visitation. Last year, nearly 4.1 million visitors came to Yellowstone National Park.

About Sean Reichard

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

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