Yellowstone National Park hosted 3,806,305 recreation visits in 2020, down 5% from 2019. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail  

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park hosted 3,806,305 recreation visits in 2020, down 5% from 2019.

The park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 beginning March 24, 2020. Two Wyoming entrances opened on May 18 and three Montana entrances opened on June 1, 2020. All five entrances have been open since June 1.

Visitation for the months of September and October was the busiest on record.

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

2020 – 3,806,305
2019 – 4,020,288
2018 – 4,115,000
2017 – 4,116,524
2016 – 4,257,177
2015 – 4,097,710

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.