Despite COVID Closure, YNP Registers Solid Attendance in 2020
Yellowstone National Park announced this week that 360,034 visitors in October, setting an attendance record. The numbers were 110% above October 2019, and it broke the previous record of 252,013 set in 2015.
While the park did see some record months over the past year, to date, YNP has seen 3.7 million visitors, down 6% from last year. This is due mainly to the park being closed for nearly two in April and May because of COVID-19. The two Wyoming entrances were opened on May 18th, but the three Montana entrances to the park didn't open until June 1, 2020.Below are the yearly visitor numbers through October from the past several years.
2020 – 3,743,907
2019 – 3,979,153
2018 – 4,078,771
2017 – 4,084,762
2016 – 4,212,782
2015 – 4,066,191
Vehicle traffic into Yellowstone National Park is now closed off with the exception of the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, which is open year round to service the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana.
Oversnow travel with snowmobiles and snowcoaches will open on December 15, 2020.
If you plan to visit the park this winter, view Park Roads for the status of Yellowstone roads, or call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information. To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
Yellowstone National Park is asking visitors to please recreate responsibly to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are sick, please do not visit the park. Services are limited in the park during the winter months. To stay informed on the latest park information, download the Yellowstone App. You can also visit Yellowstone National Park's official website at nps.gov/yell.