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Yellowstone visits down slightly last month, still busiest July on record

Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 18:20:59-04

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park hosted 940,563 visits in July 2018. This is a slight decrease from last year (962,404 visits) but still the second busiest July ever recorded in the park.
 
So far in 2018, the park has hosted 2,322,270 visits, up slightly from the same period last year. The list below shows the trend over the last five years. Year-to-date visitation in 2018 is 19 percent higher than five years ago in 2014.

Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through July)

  • 2018 – 2,322,270
  • 2017 – 2,316,542
  • 2016 – 2,427,988
  • 2015 – 2,279,557
  • 2014 – 1,943,682

The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time. Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive. 
 
More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.