News from Jackson Hole Radio November 13, 2020

Yellowstone National Park Breaks October Visitor Record

by Jackson Hole Radio News

Yellowstone National Park has broken all records for October visitation. According to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics Office, the park hosted 360,034 recreation visits in October 2020, up 110% from October 2019. This surpassed the previous record of 252,013 set in 2015 by 43%. So far in 2020, the park has hosted 3,743,907 recreation visits, down only 6% from the same period last year. Of course, the park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 beginning March 24th this year. Two Wyoming entrances opened on May 18th and three Montana entrances opened on June 1st. All five entrances have been open since June 1st. All roads in Yellowstone, with one exception, are closed to automobile traffic now until late April. The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana, is open year-round, weather-permitting, and conditions permitting, most park roads will open to over snow travel on December 15th.