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Yellowstone National Park sees increased October visitation

Posted at 8:48 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 10:48:47-05
Roosevelt Arch
Fall sunrise at Roosevelt Arch
NPS / Jacob W. Frank

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Yellowstone hosted 218,076 visits in October 2018, approximately a 2.9 percent increase from October 2017 and making it the third busiest October on record.

So far in 2018, the park has hosted 4,078,770 visits, down 0.15 percent from the same period last year.

The list below shows the trend over the last several years. With the increase in October, year-to-date visitation in 2018 is roughly 29 percent higher than it was in 2013 and 3 percent lower than it was in 2016, the park’s record year for visitation.

Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through October)

2018 – 4,078,770
2017 – 4,084,763
2016 – 4,212,782
2015 – 4,066,191
2014 – 3,483,608
2013 – 3,159,485

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 current 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.

Yellowstone National Park press release