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Yellowstone visitation statistics for September 2022

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park hosted 567,587 recreation visits in September 2022. This is a 36% decrease from September 2021 (882,078 recreational visits), the most-visited September on record, and an 18% decrease from September 2019 (693,118) which was the last year before COVID.

On June 13, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park closed due to historic flooding. Park visitors were evacuated over the next 24 hours. On June 22, the East, South and West entrances to the park reopened on a limited entry basis. On July 2, entry restrictions on the East, South and West entrances were removed. The North (Gardiner, Montana) and Northeast (Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana) entrances remained closed to visitor vehicle traffic through September. Visitors traveling to the park in the coming weeks must stay informed about what’s open and closed.

So far in 2022, the park has hosted 3,014,569 recreation visits, down 32% from 2021 at the same time.

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

More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the  NPS Stats website.  

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