Yellowstone National Park did it again.
A press release issued by the National Park Service on Tuesday stated that the number was 872,695 entertainment visits. This is an increase of 4% compared to September 2020.
Perhaps more notable is the record number of tourists so far this year.
As of 2021, Yellowstone Park has received 4,463,599 leisure tours, an increase of 32% over the same period in 2020. It’s as if the entire state of Oregon visited Yellowstone Park and invited more than 200,000 friends.
NPS says this is the first time the park has surpassed the 4 million visitor mark at the beginning of this year, even before the pandemic.
Busy, busy, busy
“In the history of Yellowstone Park, we have never seen such a large number of visits increase in such a short period of time,” the person in charge Cam Sholly said in a press release.
“We will continue to work with our team and partners to formulate and implement appropriate short- and long-term actions to manage the increasing number of visitors throughout the park.”
The influx of tourists forced Utah’s Arches National Park to temporarily close its gates almost every day. Disappointed tourists are not the only consequence of overcrowding. The National Park Service is expected to usher in one of the busiest summers on record, so Arches won’t be the only popular park where crowds can be a problem.
This announcement is not surprising to people who have been trying to enter part of the huge waves in the popular national park for months.
Many people, many wild animals
The NPS has previously warned that you should not expect the crowds in national parks to decrease too much in the fall because people are flocking to outdoor spaces after spending a long time indoors during the pandemic.
If you plan to enjoy Yellowstone Park, NPS recommends that you plan ahead and be prepared to share the space with other travelers.
More people means more potential wildlife encounters have also become worse. The NPS stated that it should maintain a distance of at least 25 yards (23 meters) from all wild animals and at least 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves.
Get ready for the weather
At this time of year, you also need to be prepared for the various weather in Yellowstone Park. After all, it is located in northwestern Wyoming, extending to Idaho and Montana.
NPS states, “It often snows in spring and autumn, usually 12 inches of snow.”
In fact, at 6:45 pm local time on Wednesday afternoon, the temperature in the park reached a staggering 20 degrees Fahrenheit (close to -7 degrees Celsius).