(Yellowstone National Park) – Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for the month of June is up more than 7 percent compared to the previous year. Visitation for the first six months of the 2014 is over the one million mark.

There were 669,642 recreational visits to Yellowstone in June and a total of 1,084,827 for the first six months of 2014.  That compares to 624,429 recreational visits for June 2013 and 1,016,651 recreational visits for January through June 2013.

Recreational Visits 2014 / Recreational Visits 2013 / Change

January 26,778 / 24,699 / +8.42 %

February 28,233 / 31,053 / -9.08 %

March 18,778 / 18,613 / +0.89 %

April 31,356 / 24,606 / +27.43 %

May 310,039 / 293,250 / +5.73 %

June 669,642 / 624,429 / +7.24 %

Total Year-To-Date 1,084,827 / 1,016,651 / +6.71 %

Visitation at each of the park’s five entrances for the month of June and for the first half of 2014 is up compared to 2013 levels.  The park’s west entrance recorded the most significant increase, up over twelve and half percent in June compared to the previous year.

The highest percentage growth in visitation is in the number of bus passengers, with June bus passenger numbers up almost 25 percent at the North entrance, nearly 34 percent at the West Entrance, and up almost 39 percent at the South entrance compared to June 2013.

Visitation statistics are calculated by taking the actual number of wheeled vehicles entering the park gates and using a person-per-vehicle multiplier to calculate the number of monthly recreational visits.

July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed in order by August, June, September, and May.

Detailed park visitation information and additional information on how these statistics are calculated is available online at https://irma.nps.gov/Stats/Reports/Park.

–Provided by Yellowstone National Park