JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Visitation is down at Yellowstone National Park this year but August is not to blame.
Thanks in part to the total solar eclipse on August 21, the park recorded its busiest August ever with 916,166 visits. That’s up 8.93 percent from August 2016, which saw 841,036 visits. The second busiest August was in 2015 and saw 854,408 visits.
An especially large number of visits occurred on August 22, according to a park spokesperson. Traffic congestion that day caused the park to briefly limit access to the Old Faithful and West Thumb Geyser Basin parking areas, as well as to send rangers to manage traffic at Madison Junction.
So far in 2017, the park has hosted 3,232,708 visits, down 1.11 percent from the same period in 2016 (which was the highest on record).
YTD Recreational Visits (through August)