Joe Brown Trail and Dome Mountain

Yellowstone National Park May 2019 Visitation Down Over 2018

Though the numbers are down over 2018, Yellowstone National Park May 2019 visitation still represented the third-busiest May on record.

Yellowstone National Park hosted 434,385 visits in May 2019, making it the third busiest on record. This is a 2.8 percent decrease from 2018 (446,875 visits), which was the busiest May on record.

So far in 2019, the park has hosted 576,776 visits, up 1 percent from the same period last year. The list below shows the trend over the last five years. Year-to-date visitation in 2019 is 11 percent higher than five years ago in 2015.

Year-To-Date Recreation Visits (through May)

2019 – 576,776
2018 – 570,823
2017 – 550,486
2016 – 593,755
2015 – 518,087

With managing and uplifting the visitor experience a priority for Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly in coming months, you can bet plenty of attention will be paid to the visitation numbers.

Image of the Joe Brown Trail and Dome Mountain by Jacob W. Frank, NPS.

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