Sunday, January 11, 2015

Yellowstone Visitation Tops 3 Million For 8th Straight Year

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park in 2014 topped the 3 million mark for the eighth straight year. Overall visitation to the park for 2014 was 3,513,486, up 10.2% from 2013, making it the second highest visitation year on record:

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Rank Year Visitation
1)  2010  3,640,184
2)  2014  3,513,486
3)  2012  3,447,727
4)  2011  3,394,321
5)  2009  3,295,187
6)  2013  3,188,030
7)  2007  3,151,343
8)  1992  3,144,405
9)  1999  3,131,381
10) 1995 3,125,285

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Nearly 1.44 million people came into Yellowstone through the park’s West Entrance in 2014, which also saw the greatest percentage increase in visitors among the park’s five main gates, up more than 14 percent from 2013 levels.

December visitation to Yellowstone was up 5.53 percent compared to year ago levels, with 18,340 visitors recorded in 2014 compared to 17,378 during the same period in 2013.

In December, 10,778 visitors came into the park’s North Entrance by wheeled vehicles.

Limited snowpack at the start of the oversnow winter season prohibited some snowmobile access for several days, restricting visitor travel on some road segments to snowcoach or commercial wheeled vehicles until conditions improved. For the month, 5,004 visitors entered the interior of the park by snowcoach or commercial wheeled vehicle, while 3,614 entered on guided snowmobile trips.

The last time the park recorded fewer than 3 million annual recreational visits was in 2006, with 2.87 million visits.



Jeff
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