YNP Visitation Down from Last Year
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 11, 2018
Yellowstone visitation last month was significantly lower than this time last year, but last year was an exception.
Yellowstone hosted just over 800,000 visits last month, which is an 11 percent decrease from last August’s numbers. However, August of 2017 was also when the total solar eclipse crossed over Grand Teton National Park, bringing a higher number of visitors than normal – just over 900,000 people visited Yellowstone last August.
But even with the decline in August, year-to-date visitation in 2018 is about 23 percent higher than it was five years ago. So far in 2018, the park has hosted 3.1 million visits, the third highest number on record.
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.
Officials project that Yellowstone likely will surpass 4 million visits for the fourth consecutive year.