Yellowstone Park reports most-ever September visitors

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park has reported that it had the most-ever September visitors.

The increase contrasts sharply with May, when visitation rates were 90% lower compared to the same month last year.

The park recorded about 837,000 visits in September, a rate 21% higher than September 2019 and 15.6% higher than the park’s second-busiest September on record in 2018, when it hosted 724,000 people.

Yellowstone was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic from March 24 to May 18, when its two Wyoming entrances reopened.

In June, the park opened its three other entrances and visitation rates improved slightly. The park reported a 32% decline in visitors compared to the same month last year. Visitation rates through June were down 49% compared to numbers from the first six months of 2019.

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