Yellowstone hits another record with highest May visitation ever recorded

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Cars back up at Yellowstone National Park’s North Entrance in this June 2017 photo.

Brett French Brett French

Yellowstone National Park set another record for visitation with May seeing an 11% increase in tourism. 

“It’s going to be the busiest visitation year on record for Yellowstone National Park,” park Superintendent Cam Sholly said on Tuesday. 

Yellowstone’s neighbor, Grand Teton National Park, also hosted a record number of visitors in May — 363,712 people, a 30% increase over 2019. Camping during the month was up 93%, and backcountry camping saw an even bigger jump — 117%.

As background for how quickly visitation is climbing, Sholly noted that it took from 1872 to 1947 — 75 years — for the park to hit a million visitors in a year. Then the pace picked up. Only 18 years later, in 1965, the park hit 2 million visitors. In 1992 visitation rose to 3 million. By 2015, park tourism reached the 4 million mark before peaking at 4.2 million in 2016, the year of the National Park Service’s centennial. 

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