A buffalo jam in Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley. Photo: Jacob W. Frank // National Park Service

YELLOWSTONE, Wyo. — June 2021 was the busiest June ever recorded in Yellowstone National Park, according to data released from the park today.

The park hosted 938,845 visitors this June, up 64% from last year and 20% from 2019.

So far in 2021, the park has hosted 1,587,998 recreation visits, up 17% from 2019. Since COVID-19 closed the park for several months in 2020, comparing to 2019 offers a more accurate comparison, the park said in a release.

The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years (through June):

2021 – 1,587,998
2020 – 719,054*
2019 – 1,358,629
2018 – 1,381,708
2017 – 1,354,137
2016 – 1,432,071

Summer is Yellowstone’s busiest season. Millions of people visit the park in June, July and August. If you plan to travel to Yellowstone this summer, plan ahead, expect crowding, recreate responsibly and take the Yellowstone Pledge to protect yourself and the park.


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Shannon is a Wyoming-raised writer and reporter. She just completed a master's in journalism from Boston University. Jackson shaped her into an outdoorswoman, but a love for language and the human condition compels her to write. She believes there's no story too small to tell nor adventure too small to take.