Yellowstone National Park Sets August Record for Visitors

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There were more than 920,000 recreational visits to the park in August, surpassing its previous busiest August on record in 2017, when crowds turned out to watch the solar eclipse.

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Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to US national parks this summer, breaking a record in Yellowstone as officials eased domestic travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.


Yellowstone National Park, which is mostly in Wyoming, set a record in August when the park hosted 921,844 amusement trips, Park officials said this week. The number of visitors increased by 12 percent from August 2019 and 4.5 percent from August 2020, as the pandemic attracted more tourists to the park.

Park officials said that before this year, Yellowstone’s busiest was in August 2017, when more than 915,000 visits were recorded, many of which coincided with that year’s solar eclipse.

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Yellowstone also hit a milestone in July, when it received the most entertaining visits of any month in Yellowstone history – the first time “visits exceed one million in a month” according to the park.

National and state parks have become tourist destinations and refuges during pandemic, as health experts made clear That outdoor activities posed minimal risk for infection.

“National parks have proven to be the go-to destination during the pandemic,” Yellowstone spokeswoman Linda Veres said on Wednesday.

Grand Teton National Park, in Wyoming set the record That’s for May and again in June, when it had more than 752,000 visits, according to park officials. In Montana, Glacier National Park also set a record To tour in May. And in Utah, pedestrians have suffered wait four hours For some of the trails in Zion National Park, or rejection at the door Arches National Park.

So far this year, Yellowstone has hosted over 3.5 million visits, a 40 percent increase over the same period last year.

June, July, and August are usually the busiest months in Yellowstone, which was created in 1872 as the country’s first national park. 3,472-square-mile The park, small sections of which extend into Idaho and Montana, attracts tourists for its hydrothermal activity, part of Yellowstone Volcano.

As in other national parks, the increase in visitors has led to long lines and crowded scenes, with people packed onto Yellowstone’s boardwalk or waiting for Old Faithful to erupt. The authorities have repeatedly urged those who are interested to come Planning ahead and “Expect crowds.”

“Most of the park’s camping and lodging is reserved and full,” the park said on its website.

Regardless of their vaccination status, visitors are required to wear masks indoors, in crowded outdoor areas, and on all types of public transport in the park. The park eased restrictions on visitors, as did Yosemite National Park in central California in April.

Yellowstone officials have also urged people to stay on the boardwalk, as some visitors who have broken through the park’s thin thermal basin and fallen into a hot spring have been seriously injured or killed. .

Officials have said it is illegal to stray from boardwalks or designated trails and to touch or throw objects into hot springs or other hydrothermal facilities.

Last month, a Connecticut woman was sentenced to seven days in prison for walking on the park’s thermal grounds. He was charged with traveling and disorderly conduct in thermal areas when he and two others made their way from marked boardwalks to thermal pools and geysers in the Norris Geyser Basin, one of the park’s largest thermal areas.

And last year, three visitors were sentenced to two years’ probation, and banned from the park for the period they tried to cook chicken in a hot spring.

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