Aug 4, 2011 9:03 PM by Q2 News
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - July was a record setting month in the nation's oldest national park.
Monthly visitation to Yellowstone topped the 900-thousand mark for only the third time in the park's history.
The park recorded 906,935 recreational visitors in July 2011, the second highest monthly visitation level ever recorded. Yellowstone's all time record for visitors was set in July of last year with 957,785 visitors.
This year's July visitation numbers in Yellowstone are down 5.3 percent compared to July 2010, but are up 11.4 percent when compared to 2009.
Thru the first seven months of this year, the number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone is down compared to last year's record levels.
The park recorded 1,848,658 recreational visitors from January through July 2011, down 8.1 percent from the 2,011,586 visitors recorded during the same period in 2010.
Despite the year-to-year decline, park visitation for the first seven months of 2011 is still the third highest ever recorded.
July is typically the park's peak visitation month, followed by August, June, September, and May.
Yellowstone hosted a record number of visitors in 2010 when over 3.64 million people visited the world's first national park last year, up 10.55 percent over 2009, which was itself a record year.
Detailed park visitation information is available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/.