Ahhh, Yellowstone National Park. Its magic captures just about anyone who visits, or reads an article about this incredible park. Perhaps that's why, when other parks are reporting dips in visitation, Yellowstone is reporting strong tourist traffic.
After enjoying record visitation in June (OK, maybe "enjoying record visitation" isn't a good way to put things at a time when the National Park Service is struggling to make ends meet and keep parks up to snuff), Yellowstone saw strong traffic in July and August. In fact, the park is on a near-record pace for annual visitation.
Yellowstone officials say 735,572 recreational visits were recorded in August. That’s up almost 25,000 visitors from last 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. Yellowstone also recorded 612,095 recreational visits in June 2008, a record for the month.
For the year, the park has counted 2,509,947 recreational visits, which is just behind last year's 2,511,790 tally through August.
Overall, visitation for the three summer months was up more than 30,000 visitors compared to the same period last year.
Yellowstone had a record 3,151,342 visitors in 2007. The bulk of the park’s visitation occurs May through September.