High Visitation Brings Challenges | Big Horn Radio Network | Wyoming

High Visitation Numbers Bring Management Concerns

Written by on August 14, 2018

Yellowstone marked its second busiest July on record.
The park hosted over 940 thousand visits last month, which is a slight decrease from last year. So far in 2018, the park has hosted over 2.3 million visits, up slightly from the same period last year.
Year-to-date visitation in 2018 is 19 percent higher than five years ago in 2014. In a press conference last week, Superintendent Dan Wenk commented that there are days when there are over 35,000 visitors in the Park at once – and he says management is going to have to change in relationship to the increasing numbers.
The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time. Park officials say visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.


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