Visitation up for Yellowstone National Park
By Moosetrack Megan


With the busy summer months still ahead, visitation to Yellowstone National Park for the first five months of 2016 is up 14.65 percent compared to the previous year. Visitation for May alone is up 15 percent.

All of the park’s five entrances showed an increase in vehicles for the month of May compared to May 2015. The West Entrance recorded the largest increase in May, with 9,175  more vehicles than May 2015. The most striking increase in vehicle traffic this month was with buses. There were 48 percent more buses (594 vehicles) this May compared with May 2015.
While many factors could be at play, park managers point to the National Park Service’s Centennial year, marketing and tourism promotions by the states of Montana and Wyoming, and lower gas prices as influences in the record number of visits to Yellowstone so far this year.
Recreational Visits 2016 Recreational Visits2015 Change
January

30,621

28,091

9%

February

36,327

34,343

5.7%

March

22,924

22,989

(1%)

April

59,253

46,600

27%

May

444,817

386,064

15.2%

Total Year-To-Date

593,942

518,087

14.64%

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park.





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