Yellowstone’s October visits up 26% from year ago

JACKSON (WNE) — Recreational visits to Yellowstone National Park in October were up 26% over a year ago.
The total, 299,127 recreational visits represented a whopping 75% increase from October 2019, when “several short-term, weather-related road closures likely impacted visitation,” a Yellowstone press release said.
The park compares 2023 numbers to 2019’s because 2020 and 2021 produced unusual visitation trends due to COVID-19 and 2022 saw historic flooding that closed the park for about two weeks in June.
So far this year, Yellowstone has hosted 4,446,509 recreational visits, up 37% from 2022 and up 12% from 2019.
In 2021, the year-to-date total for October was 4,789,349 visits. That figure was 3,753,531 in 2020, a year that saw the park close March 24 through May 17, with two entrances opening May 18 and the other three opening June 1.