News May 17, 2019

Yellowstone Visitors Increase

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Visits to Yellowstone National Park continue to increase even before the traditional press of the summer season. According to the National Park Service Natural and Cultural Resources Division,

April saw a 10.3% increase in the number of people entering the park compared with the same period in 2018, and specifically, a 27½ % increase in recreational visits. Altogether, 109,678 people passed through the gates during the month; 48,150 of whom did so for recreational purposes.

Year-to-date, Yellowstone has seen a 6.7% increase in visitation. That means this year has enjoyed the second busiest first three months in the park’s history. Meanwhile, visits to Grand Teton National Park were down nearly ½% overall from the previous year while still enjoying an increase of 4.3% year-to date. No explanation was give for the slight decline.