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Yellowstone visitations down 49% so far in 2020, but trending up

(NPS / Jacob W. Frank)

CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park said on Monday, July 13 that 667,290 visited the park in 2020 through the end of June. That amounts to a 49% decrease in park visitations compared with the same period in 2019.

June numbers were also down comparing the last two year. In June 2020, Yellowstone saw 534,155 visits, down 32% from 2019.

“Although the numbers were down, visitation substantially increased over the month,” Yellowstone staid. ‘In the last ten days of June, traffic counts ranged from 90%-116% of 2019 numbers.”

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Yellowstone noted that the park was closed starting March 24 due to COVID-19. Wyoming entrances re-opened on May 18 and Montana entrances re-opened on June 1.

Yellowstone shared the number of recreational visits through June over the last six years: 

  • 2020 – 667,290
  • 2019 – 1,358,629
  • 2018 – 1,381,708
  • 2017 – 1,354,137
  • 2016 – 1,432,071
  • 2015 – 1,298,855

“There were no commercial bus visits during June 2020,” Yellowstone added. “In June 2019, bus passengers made up 70,461 visits.”

“Yellowstone encourages visitors to #RecreateResponsibly and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Stay informed about changes to park operations. Download Yellowstone’s App, and visit www.nps.gov/yell and the park’s social media channels.  More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.”