Yellowstone visitation higher in July compared to last year

Posted at 2:53 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 16:53:44-04

BILLINGS, Mont. — Park officials say visitation to Yellowstone National Park has increased substantially.

Visitation rates were higher in July than they were in the same month last year. This comes after the park’s overall visits had been down 49% from last year through the end of June. The park hosted nearly 955,600 people in July, up about 2% from July 2019.

The influx of visitors occurred despite the fact that campsites and hotels inside Yellowstone have drastically reduced their capacity. The Billings Gazette reports visitors have used surrounding national forest campgrounds or lodging in bordering gateway communities for shelter.