JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Yellowstone National Park remains busy this summer but not as busy as previous years. The decline could signal a \u2018law of diminishing returns\u2019 effect of overcrowded roads, parking lots, and gateway towns struggling to play host to swarms of tourists.\r\n\r\nYellowstone hosted 936,062 visits in July 2019. That\u2019s a .48 percent decrease from last July when 940,563 came through the gates.\r\n\r\nVisitation so far in 2019 is at 2,294,690. That number is down 1.19 percent from the same period last year.\r\n\r\nYear-to-date visitation over the last 5 years (through July):\r\n2019 \u2013 2,294,690\r\n2018 \u2013 2,322,270\r\n2017 \u2013 2,316,542\r\n2016 \u2013 2,427,988\r\n2015 \u2013 2,279,557\r\n\r\nThe continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of\u00a0planning a Yellowstone adventure\u00a0ahead of time. Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check\u00a0road conditions\u00a0on the park\u2019s website before they arrive.