Yellowstone National Park sign at the North Entrance;
Jim Peaco;
October 1992

More tourists in Yellowstone this year
By Moosetrack Megan


With the busy summer months still ahead, visitation to Yellowstone National Park for the first six months of 2016 is up 10 percent compared to the previous year. Visitation for June alone is up seven percent.
Most of the park’s five entrances showed an increase in vehicles for the month of June compared to June 2015. The West Entrance recorded the largest vehicle increase in June, with 9,020 more vehicles than June 2015.
Similar to the month of May, the most striking increase in vehicle traffic was with buses. There were 25 percent more buses (514 buses) this June compared with June 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
Visits
2015
 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%
June  838,316 780,768 7.37%
Total Year-To-Date  1,432,258 1,298,855 10.27%
Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park.