The summer travelling season in Yellowstone National Park is over for 2018, and even though yearly numbers are slightly down, October numbers are up.

Yellowstone National Park hosted 218,076 visits in October 2018.

This is approximately a 2.9 percent increase from October 2017, making it the third busiest October on record.

So far in 2018, the park has hosted 4,078,770 visits, down 0.15 percent from the same period last year.

The list below shows the trend over the last several years.

With the increase in October, year-to-date visitation in 2018 is roughly 29 percent higher than it was in 2013 and 3 percent lower than it was in 2016, the park’s record year for visitation.

Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through October):

2018 – 4,078,770
2017 – 4,084,763
2016 – 4,212,782
2015 – 4,066,191
2014 – 3,483,608
2013 – 3,159,485

The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time.

Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check current conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.

Park roads closed for the summer travelling season back on November 5th, except the roads connecting the North Entrance to the Northeast entrance, or from Gardiner to Cooke City, Montana.

The West and South entrances to the park are scheduled to open to snowmobile and snowcoach travel on December 15th, and the East entrance is scheduled to open for the same on December 22nd.

Information Courtesy: Yellowstone National Park