Road closures and crummy weather hamper Yellowstone’s September visitation
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Last month was the third-busiest September in Yellowstone NP history but numbers were considered down due to early snowfall and generally cool, wet weather conditions. Numerous road closures as a result of early season snowfall was also blamed for a dip in visitation.
The park hosted 640,068 visits in September 2017. That’s down 8.79 percent from September 2016, which saw 701,754 visits. The second busiest September was in 2015 with 680,213 visits.
Road closures resulting from snow, ice, and avalanche danger occurred on September 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Portions of the Beartooth Highway were also closed from September 15 to 28.
So far in 2017, the park has hosted 3,872,776 visits. That total is down 2.47 percent from the same period in 2016 (the highest on record). Year-to-date visitation in 2017 is 19.6 percent higher than five years ago in 2012.