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Old 10-07-2015, 08:06 AM   #1
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New Record for Yellowstone

Yellowstone has set a new attendance record with 3.8 million visitors through the month of September. Depending on the number of visitors in the last quarter of the year it is quite possible the final number could be 4 million visitors. The previous record was set in 2010 with 3.6 million visitors. The majority of folks visit the park between mid-May through September, so now you know why it is so crowded.

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Old 10-07-2015, 09:15 AM   #2
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I have to wonder how these 'visitors' counts are computed. We stayed just outside the park and entered 6 times, while had we stayed in the park it would have been 1. So we ourselves added six visits to the total.


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Old 10-07-2015, 09:33 AM   #3
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Looking at that pic not a place I want to visit to much traffic. Later RJD
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Old 10-07-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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Looking at that pic not a place I want to visit to much traffic. Later RJD
We had plans to go this year and they fell apart. We will likely pass thru "one of these days" as it is a very large area... but I agree. Scenes like that take away some of the tranquility. And that is what we seek.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:09 AM   #5
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Wasn't quite that bad when we stayed (cabin, not camping) in the area a couple of years ago, but certainly busy in a few areas, especially the road into the park from West Yellowstone. We are planning to pass through on a camping trip next summer.

You can buy 1 week or 1 month passes at the gate, from what I recall, so I wonder if they count people who re-enter multiple times on a pass as 1 visitor, or as multiple.
Also wonder how they count how many people are in each vehicle. I guess it's all probably just estimated based on number of vehicles and a rough survey of the average number of people per vehicle.
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Old 10-07-2015, 10:16 AM   #6
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So...Yellowstone in October. Got it.
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Old 10-07-2015, 11:52 AM   #7
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So...Yellowstone in October. Got it.
We just became empty nesters and can't get over how easy it is to get reservations during the school year!
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Old 10-07-2015, 12:34 PM   #8
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We were there for 8 days from Aug 31 through Sept 7. The park was busy, but not crowded. We stayed at Fishing Bridge, and although they had their "campground full" sign out every night, there were a lot of empty sites each night...probably reserved but "no shows". Roads were not crowded, traffic flowed smoothly except for long delays where they were doing major road construction. most of the other campgrounds in the park, other than Fishing Bridge, seemed to have lots of room.

After schools re-open in August/September is definitely the time to go...and that holds true for a lot of places.

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Old 10-07-2015, 01:04 PM   #9
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Rushmore and Spearfish Canyon (South Dakota) are quite beautiful and not nearly as crowded. The North Dakota Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt Nat'l Park are also beautiful any time of the year, and not crowded. I like to get away from all of the hustle and bustle, so head for places where mine is the only car on the road, and there are plenty of campsite choices. Millions of people do not excite me at all!
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Old 10-07-2015, 01:13 PM   #10
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We were there with some friends from Aug 20th to Aug 25th, also stayed at Fishing Bridge. Had the same experience as Mike. A few of the more popular parking lots were pretty full, we just had to walk farther.
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