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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 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.”