Yellowstone National Park South Entrance, Yellowstone visitation

October 2016 Visitation Down From Last Year

Visitation went down in Yellowstone National Park during October 2016 compared to last year.

According to a Yellowstone press release, while visitor numbers are still up from 2015—and have already surpassed 2015’s record 4.1 million visitor rate—approximately ten thousand fewer visitors filed into the Park, a decrease of nearly four percent. You can see the full table 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%
August 841,036 854,409 -1.5%
September 701,754 680,213 +3.17%
October 242,004 252,013 -3.97%
Total Year-To-Date
3,269,024 3,133,966 +3.6%

Three entrances (North, South, and East) showed a decrease in visitor traffic compared to October 2015. In all likelihood, the decrease reflected a spat of closures (including the Dunraven and Beartooth Passes) around the Park between October 3 and October 20.

Bus travel was up in the Park, with 942 buses entering Yellowstone National Park this October—a 14 percent increase from this time last year, when 826 buses entered Yellowstone.

About Sean Reichard

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

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