Eruption at Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Credit: NPS / Jacob W. Frank

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – Yellowstone National Park is reporting an 11% increase in visits from 2023 to 2024, with 719,127 visitors entering the park so far this year, compared to 644,979 at this time last year.

Year-to-date visits are up 11% from 2021 as well, with 649,153 having visiting the park by this time three years ago. 2024 May visits were up 15% from 2023, with 522,450 visits compared to 454,262 last year. In 2021, May visits were at 473,799.

This year is the second busiest year so far in the past six years, with 2022 sitting on top of the list. This time in 2022, Yellowstone had already seen 733,471 visitors. However, 2022 saw a park-wide closure from June 13 to June 21 due to heavy flooding, leading to a decrease in visitor numbers through the rest of the year.

2021 is the park’s busiest year on record, with 4,860,242 visits total. 2023 is in second, at 4,501,382 visits, and 2016 is in third with 4,257,177. If this year continues the way it’s going, it’s entirely possible that it will become Yellowstone’s new busiest year ever.

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