Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Record Number of Visitors Descend on Yellowstone in June

July 8, 2009, 7:51 am

A record number of visitors descended on Yellowstone National Park in June, pushing the annual total to over 1 million. The National Park Services says 643,844 people were in Yellowstone in June, the highest tally ever recorded, and an 8.5 percent increase over 2007.

According to information provided by the Park Service, the June 2009 tally tops the 609,000 visitors recorded in June 2007, the only other time in history that the number of park visitors in June topped the 600,000 mark.

To say this is good news for communities surrounding Yellowstone is an understatement. Hotel reservations in the Park and surrounding communities were slow three months ago, and the country was in the depths of a recession. While the economy is still bad, low gas prices is seen as a factor in the record turnout; free admission on Father's Day certainly helped as well. 

For the first six months of the year, just over one million people visited Yellowstone. That’s up 9.3 percent over 2008, and again tops the previous record January through June total of 978,000 visitors set in 2007.