Yellowstone is a hit with visitors as new attendance records are set

The annual visitation of more than 6 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park continues to grow, with 6.05 million visitors from June 1 to Sept. 30, according to new park records. The park posted…

Yellowstone is a hit with visitors as new attendance records are set

The annual visitation of more than 6 million visitors to Yellowstone National Park continues to grow, with 6.05 million visitors from June 1 to Sept. 30, according to new park records.

The park posted an all-time-high for daily visitation, at 16,674 visitors a day. There were also new attendance records set for the period from June 1 to Aug. 31.

A record annual record of 2.74 million visitors in 2018 is the first for Yellowstone, while a new annual record of 7.97 million visitors in 2017 is the first for a National Park. The park set the attendance record of 3.82 million visitors in 2016.

“We are always amazed at how busy Yellowstone National Park is, and we have had excellent weather all summer, which contributed to another record-breaking summer of visitors,” Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk said. “This park is the largest National Park in the continental United States and is a global tourist attraction, drawing millions of people each year.”

Looking ahead, officials are forecasting an all-time high of more than 7 million visitors for 2018.

Here’s a closer look at how this year’s totals compare to the previous annual record, set in 2017:

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