Yellowstone hot pool & visitors (Ernie Over photo)
(Yellowstone National Park) – Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for the month of July is up almost 6 percent compared to the previous year.  Visitation for the first seven months of 2014 is nearing the two million mark.
There were 858,857 recreational visits to Yellowstone in July and a total of 1,943,683 for the first seven months of 2014.  That compares to 812,212 recreational visits for July 2013 and 1,828,862 recreational visits for January through July 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 %

July

858,857

812,212

+   5.74 %

Total Year-To-Date

1,943,683

1,828,862

+   6.28 %

Visitation at each of the park’s five entrances for the month of July and for the first seven months of 2014 is up compared to 2013 levels, with the greatest increase continuing at the West entrance.
The highest percentage growth in visitation continues to be in the number of bus passengers.  The July bus passenger numbers are up 43 percent at the South entrance, 23 percent at the West entrance, and 19 percent at the East entrance compared to June 2013.
While bus statistics are based on actual visitor counts, recreational 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