Yellowstone National Park Sees Record-Breaking October Visits

Yellowstone National Park Sees Record-Breaking October Visits

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS — The park hosted 360,034 recreation visits in October 2020, up 110 percent from October 2019. This was the busiest October on record, surpassing the previous record (252,013) set in 2015 by an increase of 43 percent.

So far in 2020, the park has hosted 3,743,907 recreation visits, down 6 percent from the same period last year.

The park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 beginning March 24, 2020.

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Two Wyoming entrances opened on May 18 and three Montana entrances opened on June 1, 2020. All five entrances have been open since June 1.

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

  • 2020 – 3,743,907
  • 2019 – 3,979,153
  • 2018 – 4,078,771
  • 2017 – 4,084,762
  • 2016 – 4,212,782
  • 2015 – 4,066,191

All roads in Yellowstone, with one exception, are closed to automobile traffic from early November to late April. The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana, is open year-round, weather-permitting.

Conditions permitting, most park roads will open to oversnow travel (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) on December 15, 2020. Visit Explore in Winter for details.

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