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Yellowstone visits increase in July from prior year despite COVID-19 pandemic

(NPS / Jacob W. Frank)

CASPER, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park saw more visitations in July 2020 than in July 2019 despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The park hosted 955,645 recreation visits in July 2020,” Yellowstone said on Tuesday, Aug. 18. “This is a 2% increase from July 2019.”

Overall in 2020, visitations are down 27.5% over the same time frame as in 2019. Yellowstone says there have been 1,664,830 recreation visits so far in 2020.

“The park was closed due to health and safety reasons related to COVID-19 beginning March 24, 2020,” the park added. “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.”

Yellowstone year-to-date (through July) recreation visits over the last six years are as follows:

  • 2020 – 1,664,830 
  • 2019 – 2,294,690
  • 2018 – 2,322,270
  • 2017 – 2,316,542
  • 2016 – 2,427,988
  • 2015 – 2,279,557

Yellowstone asks that visitors “recreate responsibly and reduce the spread of COVID-19.”

“If you are sick, do not visit the park. Self-quarantine to avoid exposing others,” the park adds. “Services are limited in the park. Stay informed about changes to park operations. Download Yellowstone’s App, and visit www.nps.gov/yell and the park’s social media channels.”

“To reduce wait times at park entrances, buy a pass online ahead of time.More data on park visitation, including how we calculate these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.