Contrary to expectations, Yellowstone visitation in August 2016 was down slightly from August 2015.
According to a Yellowstone press release, 841,036 people visited Yellowstone National Park this August, a decrease of approximately 1.5% from last August, when 854,409 people visited. See the full breakdown blow.
|Month||Recreational Visits 2016||Recreational Visits 2015
Further, fires have been a constant presence in the Park since early August, kicking up smoke and other unpleasant conditions. Indeed, while precipitation has curbed recent fire growth, August’s blazes may have kept some visitors away.
In spite of fewer August visitors, visitation to Yellowstone in 2016 is still up 4.3% from 2015, which recorded the highest level of visitation in Yellowstone’s history. Yellowstone’s West and North Entrances saw an increase in vehicle traffic this August compared to August 2015.
Other factors Yellowstone officials cite include the National Park Service Centennial, promotion by Montana and Wyoming’s tourism agencies, and low gas prices.