Jan 13, 2015

More than 3.5 million people visited Yellowstone last year

A skier is pictured in the Hoodoos in Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park this winter. More than 3.5 million people flocked to the park last year, making it the second-highest visitation year on record. Photo courtesy Neal Herbert, National Park Service
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park in 2014 topped the 3 million mark for the eighth straight year.

Overall visitation to Yellowstone for 2014 was 3,513,486, up 10.21 percent from 2013 and making it the second-highest visitation year on record, according to park officials.

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.

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at National Park Service website.

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