Yellowstone Reports Record June Visitation
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park hit a new record in June, and is on a near-record pace for the first six months of the year.
The park recorded 612,095 recreational visits in June 2008. That’s up 2,489 visitors from June 2007, and marks only the second time in history that Yellowstone’s June visitation has topped the 600,000 mark, according to a press release.
For the first six months of the year, the park recorded 947,647 visitors. While that’s down slightly from last year’s record of 978,235 visitors, this is the second highest visitation level ever recorded for the first six months of the year. It remains well above the 889,234 visitors recorded for the first six months of 2006.
Yellowstone had a record 3,151,342 visitors in 2007. The previous record was set in 1992 at 3,144,405 visitors. The bulk of the park’s visitation occurs May through September.
Perhaps as a result of high fuel prices, the number of visitors driving RVs was off 20% for the period April through June.