Don’t expect smaller crowds if you plan on fishing in Yellowstone National Park this year. The National Park Service reported on Friday the park had more visitors this May than in any year prior.
446,875 visitors passed through YNP last month, a 6 percent increase over May of 2017 and couple thosand more than the previous high mark set in 2016, a National Park Service news release said.
The record number bring’s this year’s total to 570,823. That’s a 3.5 percent increase over last year at this time and 37 percent more visitors than just five years ago, according to the NPS.
From the release:
Year-To-Date Recreation Visits (through May)
2018 – 570,823
2017 – 550,486
2016 – 593,755
2015 – 518,087
2014 – 415,185
The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time. Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.
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