Yellowstone National Park says that August 2017 has been the busiest August on record.
The park hosted 916,166 visits in August 2017. This was up 8.93 percent from August 2016, which saw 841,036 visits. The second busiest August was in 2015 and saw 854,408 visits. Visits were slightly down in August 2016 when the South Entrance Station was closed for 6 days due to the Berry Fire.
This year, the park experienced increased visitation during the days immediately surrounding the solar eclipse that occurred on August 21. An especially large number of visits occurred on August 22. Traffic congestion that day caused the park to briefly limit access to the Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin parking areas as well as to send rangers to manage traffic at Madison Junction.
So far in 2017, the park has hosted 3,232,708 visits, down 1.11 percent from the same period in 2016. The table below shows the trend over the last five years. Year-to-date visitation in 2017 is 17.4 percent higher than five years ago in 2012.
Year-to-date Recreational Visits (through August)
- 2017: 3,232,708
- 2016: 3,269,024
- 2015: 3,133,965
- 2014: 2,717,039
- 2013: 2,553,998
- 2012: 2,710,519