Another Visitation Record Broken at Yellowstone National Park

Another Visitation Record Broken at Yellowstone National Park

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS — Yellowstone National Park hosted 882,078 recreation visits in September 2021. This is a 5 percent increase from September 2020 (837,114 recreation visits) and a 27 percent increase from September 2019 (693,118 recreation visits), according to the park’s Public Affairs Office.

“This is the busiest September on record and the first time the park hosted over 4 million visitors year-to-date,” the release states.

So far in 2021, the park has hosted 4,472,982 recreation visits, up 32 percent from the same period last year, and up 17 percent from 2019.  

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The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through September): 

2021 –  4,472,982
2020 – 3,393,642*   
2019 – 3,807,815  
2018 – 3,860,695  
2017 – 3,872,775  
2016 – 3,970,778  

“Never in Yellowstone’s history have we seen such substantial visitation increases in such a short amount of time,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly. “We will continue working with our teams and partners to develop and implement appropriate short- and long-term actions for managing increasing visitation across the park. My thanks to our teams here for working through a record visitation year, especially with the continued workforce challenges presented by COVID-19.”

More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.   

Editor’s note: *The park was closed March 24-May 18, 2020, due to COVID-19. Two entrances were open May 18-31 and the remaining three opened on June 1.