August visits to YNP were up; Year to date down slightly

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park photographed a downed tree and a hot springs pool at the West Thumb Geyser Basin. WyoToday photo by Ernie Over

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone hosted 820,006 visits in August 2019. This is a 0.74 percent increase from August 2018.

So far in 2019, the park has hosted 3,114,696 visits, down 0.69 percent from the same period last year. 

The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreational visits over the last several years (through August):

2019 – 3,114,696

2018 – 3,136,240

2017 – 3,232,708

2016 – 3,269,024

2015 – 3,133,965

2014 – 2,717,039

The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time. Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check current conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.