Yellowstone National Park Reports a Decrease in Visitation Numbers for 2022

Yellowstone National Park Reports a Decrease in Visitation Numbers for 2022

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Yellowstone National Park hosted 3,290,242 recreation visits in 2022, down 32 percent from 2021, which was the busiest year on record.

Historic floods in June 2022 closed public access to Yellowstone National Park. On June 13, all park entrances closed, and visitors were evacuated over the next 24 hours. On June 22, the East, South and West entrances opened on a limited entry basis.

On July 2, entry restrictions on the East, South and West entrances were removed. The North (Gardiner, Montana) and Northeast (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana) entrances remained closed to visitor vehicle traffic through September. The Northeast Entrance opened to regular visitor traffic on Oct. 15 and the North Entrance opened on Oct. 30.

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The road between the North and Northeast entrances is open to automobiles year-round.

The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years:
2022 – 3,290,242 (The park was closed June 13 through June 21. Three entrances opened June 22.)
2021 – 4,860,242*
2020 – 3,806,306 (The park was closed March 24 through May 17. Two entrances opened May 18 and the remaining three opened on June 1.) 
2019 – 4,020,288
2018 – 4,115,000
2017 – 4,116,524

*Note: Yellowstone previously reported 4,860,537 recreation visits in 2021. That number has been revised and is 4,860,242.

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