Yellowstone hosted 724,454 visits in September 2018. This is approximately a 13 percent increase from September 2017.
So far in 2018, the park has hosted 3,860,694 visits, down 0.3 percent from the same period last year. The list below shows the trend over the last several years. With the increase in September, year-to-date visitation in 2018 is roughly 19 percent higher than it was in 2013.
Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through September)
2018 – 3,860,694
2017 – 3,872,776
2016 – 3,970,778
2015 – 3,814,178
2014 – 3,288,806
2013 – 3,111,924
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.