Yellowstone Park has busiest August on record

Yellowstone National Park hosted 916,166 visits in Aug. 2017. This was the busiest Aug. on record, up 8.93 percent from Aug. 2016, which saw 841,036 visits. The second busiest Aug. was in 2015 and saw 854,408 visits. Visits were slightly down in Aug. 2016 when the South Entrance Station was closed for six days due to the Berry Fire.
This year, the park experienced increased visitation during the days immediately surrounding the solar eclipse that occurred on Aug. 21. An especially large number of visits occurred on Aug. 22. Traffic congestion that day caused the park to briefly limit access to the Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin parking areas as well as to send rangers to manage traffic at Madison Junction.
So far in 2017, the park has hosted 3,232,708 visits, down 1.11 percent from the same period in 2016 (which was the highest on record). Year-to-date visitation in 2017 is 17.4 percent higher than five years ago in 2012.  

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