Yellowstone 2008 Summer Visitation Up
by Yellowstone National Park
September 5, 2008
After a record June, Yellowstone National Park visitation remained strong in July and August, and remains on a near record pace for all of 2008.
The park recorded 735,572 recreational visits in August. Thatís up almost 25,000 visitors from the previous August. The largest percentage increase in August was recorded through the East Entrance, up 13.7 percent from 2007.
There were 826,728 recreational visitors to the park in July, up half a percent from the same period in 2007.
The park recorded 612,095 recreational visits in June 2008, an all time record for the month.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK RECREATIONAL VISITS
2008 - 612,095
2007 - 609,606
Change + 0.4%
2008 - 826,728
2007 - 822,733
Change + 0.5%
2008 - 735,572
2007 - 710,781
Change + 3.5%
June through August
2008 - 2,174,395
2007 - 2,143,160
Change + 1.4%
January through August
2008 - 2,509,947
2007 - 2,511,790
Change - 0.1%
Overall, visitation for the three summer months was up over 30,000 visitors compared to the same period last year.
For the first eight months of this calendar year, the park received 2,509,947 recreational visitors, less than 2,000 fewer visitors than were recorded during the same period in 2007.
Yellowstone had a record 3,151,342 visitors in 2007. The bulk of the parkís visitation occurs May through September.
The park does not regularly conduct the kind of social science research necessary to break out or explain visitation changes or trends.
Detailed visitor information figures are available online at http://www.nature.nps.gov/stats/