- May 22, 2020

Yellowstone Visitation Strong

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Visitation through the first three days of operations in Yellowstone National Park was 90% of normal through the East Entrance from Cody, and approximately 60% of normal through the South Entrance north of Jackson.  The park expects traffic and visitation levels to grow over the Memorial Day Weekend.  Overall, the Old Faithful boardwalk was one of the busiest sections of Yellowstone in the first three days of operations. A mix of compliance and non-compliance with social distancing was observed by park staff. Most families and groups traveling together were not socially distanced, as would be expected. Clear separation between these groups was observed in many cases, but not all. Masks are not required but are highly recommended in the park especially when social distancing is not possible. Park staff observed limited use of masks in outdoor areas. Yellowstone is working closely with the Governor of Montana to set an opening date for the west, north, and northeast entrances. The governor has announced an intent to lift out-of-state travel restrictions on June 1st. The park and state will announce a target date for opening those Montana entrances soon.