CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park is seeing strong visitation numbers in 2021 compared with the last year the park was open for the full season.
Yellowstone saw 483,159 recreation visits in May 2021, which was an 11% increase from May 2019. Yellowstone says that is the highest number of visits in May on record.
The park says that “May 2020 should not be used as a good year-to-year comparison due to the park being closed until May 18” amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Only two entrances were open for the second half of May 2020.
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Overall, the park has seen 658,513 visits so far in 2021, up 14% from the pace in 2019.
Yellowstone shows year-to-date visitations numbers for the past few years as follows:
- 2021 – 658,513
- 2020 – 145,849 *The park was closed May 1 through May 18. Two entrances were open May 18 through May 31.
- 2019 – 576,776
- 2018 – 570,823
- 2017 – 550,486
- 2016 – 593,755
“Summer is Yellowstone’s busiest season,” the park adds. “Millions of people visit the park in June, July and August. If you plan to travel to Yellowstone this summer, plan ahead, expect crowding, recreate responsibly and take the Yellowstone Pledge to protect yourself and the park.”
“More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.”