YNP experiences second-busiest June on record

Tourists at Yellowstone National Park walk along the Grand Prismatic Spring boardwalks on July 1. The park hosted 810,884 visitors in June, marking its second-busiest June on record. Jacob W. Frank / National Park Service

America’s first national park just experienced its second-busiest June on record.

Yellowstone National Park hosted 810,884 visitors in June, according to statistics compiled by the National Park Service. This is a bit more than the 803,652 in June 2017 but less than the 838,316 in June 2016, which remains the park’s busiest June on record.

So far, an estimated 1,381,707 people have visited Yellowstone this year, up 2.5 percent from the same period in 2017, and up 27 percent over five years ago.

Overall park visits rose sharply from 2014 to 2016, dropped in 2017 but are trending upward this year, according to the National Park Service’s numbers. In 2014 Yellowstone had 1,084,826 visitors at this point in the year. It increased to almost 1.3 million in 2015, peaked at 1,432,071 in 2016, then dropped to 1,354,138 last year before rising again this year.

In a news release, park officials said the high number of visitors “underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time. Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.”

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