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Yellowstone: Park busy in 2023 after historic 2022 flooding

By: - September 14, 2023 4:36 pm

An eruption of Daisy Geyser in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser erupts boiling water at about 93 °C (200 °F). (Photo by Shaul Hurwitz | Yellowstone National Park).

Yellowstone National Park saw a 45% increase in visitors this August compared to the same month in 2022, the year the park saw historic flooding, Yellowstone said Thursday in a news release.
The park counted 846,389 recreation visits in August 2023 compared to 582,211 in August 2022. The August 2023 total is also a 3% increase from the same month in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, when the park had 820,006 recreational visits.
So far in 2023, the park has hosted 3,313,244 recreation visits. That’s up 36% from 2022, with 2,437,607 recreation visits. It’s also up 6% from 2019, with 3,114,697 recreation visits.
Yellowstone National Park provided this list with the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through August):
2023: 3,313,244
2022: 2,437,607 (The park was closed June 13 through June 21. Three entrances opened June 22.)
2021: 3,590,609
2020: 2,556,528 (The park was closed May 1 through May 17. Two entrances opened May 18 and the remaining three opened June 1.)
2019: 3,114,697
2018: 3,136,241
More data on park visitation, including how the park calculates these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.
Editor’s note: *We compare 2023 visitation to 2019 visitation since 2019 was pre-Covid and the subsequent years until 2023 included unusual visitation trends due to Covid (2020, 2021) and the historic flood in 2022 that closed the park for about two weeks in June.

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