Big Sky Roundup

October visitation in Yellowstone National Park tails off, but still strong

By: - November 11, 2021 10:59 am

Tourists wait in long lines to enter Yellowstone from Idaho on Memorial Day weekend 2017. The West Entrance to Yellowstone is a half-hour drive from Island Park.

Yellowstone National Park hosted 316,662 recreation visits in October 2021, down 12% from October 2020 (359,889 visits), which was the busiest October on record.

Recreation visits this October were up 85% from October 2019 (171,339 visits). Several short-term, weather-related road closures likely impacted visitation in 2019.
So far in 2021, the park has hosted 4,789,644 recreation visits, up 28% from the same period last year, and up 20% from 2019.
The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through October):
2021 – 4,789,644
2020 – 3,753,531*
2019 – 3,979,154
2018 – 4,078,771
2017 – 4,084,762
2016 – 4,212,782
*=COVID year where the full park was not completely open.

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