2013 was not a record year for visitation to Yellowstone National Park, but it was among the top half-dozen. Park Spokesman Al Nash says using the new system of counting people visiting the park for recreation; there were a total of more than 3-million-188-thousand. He says while that’s down from what it was in 2012, if you look at the numbers of autos and RVs that entered the park in 2013 there was only a very slight difference. However, if you compare the 2013 numbers which were calculated with a lower multiplier than the recent years, Nash says, “this is still the fifth highest visitation year in the park’s history. Interestingly, the years that were higher were – in order of visitation – 2010, 2012, 2011 and 2009. All of those years coincide with the years the country’s economy was soft. Says Nash: “Our entrance fees are very inexpensive. The other expenses that you would incur here are comparable to prices you pay outside the park – so visiting Yellowstone and Grand Teton and this part of the country is indeed a great value, and visitors recognize that.” Nash also points out that fall visitation was strong despite the time lost when the government shut-down closed the park for two weeks.