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Yellowstone Visitation Down Slightly So Far in 2018

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park is slightly down from this time in 2017, with a marked decline in the number of visitors who came in April 2018.

According to National Park Service statistics, 37,766 visitors came to the park in April 2018. In April 2017, 45,160 visitors came to the park.

Visitation is down overall in Yellowstone, compared to the same period in 2017, with lower numbers recorded in January, February, and March 2018. However, April has seen the sharpest decline.

In total, 123,949 people have visited Yellowstone National Park so far. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, this is down from approximately 130,000 this time last year.

Of course, winter is typically the quiet season for Yellowstone. The majority of visitors come between May and September—in particular during June and July, with visitation approaching closer to one million a month. Indeed, in July 2016, nearly 996,000 visitors came to the park.

With just a couple weeks left in the month, it remains to be seen whether May 2018 will see a similar decline in visitation, or whether this trend will end.

About Sean Reichard

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

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