Yellowstone National Park Hosted a Jaw-Dropping Number of Visitors in September

by Keeli Parkey

As far as outdoor destinations go, it appears that Yellowstone National Park was the place to be in September 2021.

According to figures recently released by the National Park Service, a jaw-dropping number of visitors took in the majestic beauty of the famous park located in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. In September 2021, the famous park was the host to 872,695 visitors.

You read that correctly, almost 900,000 visits were paid to Yellowstone National Park last month.

That month marked a 4 percent increase in the number of visits to the park in September 2020. That month, there were 837,114 recreation visits.

The number of visits made in September 2021 is even more impressive when you compare it to the numbers from September 2019. That month there were 693,118 recreation visits to Yellowstone National Park. The number from September 2021 represents a 26 percent increase from the same month in 2019.

This year has been a busy one for the famous national park. As of October 2021, there have been 4,463,599 recreation visits to the park. That represents a 32 percent increase in visitors at the same point in 2020. That number also marks a 17 percent increase from the same time period in 2019.

Official Comments on the Increased Numbers of Visitors to Yellowstone National Park

The increase in the number of visits to the famous park has brought joy to park officials.

“Never in Yellowstone’s history have we seen such substantial visitation increases in such a short amount of time. We will continue working with our teams and partners to develop and implement appropriate short- and long-term actions for managing increasing visitation across the park,” Superintendent Cam Sholly shared.

Sholly also praised the park’s staff for their efforts in making 2021 such a successful year for Yellowstone National Park. “My thanks to our teams here for working through a record visitation year, especially with the continued workforce challenges presented by COVID-19,” Sholly said.

The park has also offered a list of the number of recreation visits to the park from January until September over the last several years. Here are the figures: 4,463,599 in 2021; 3,393,642 in 2020 (the park was closed from late March until mid-May due to the COVID-19 pandemic); 3,807,815 in 2019; 3,860,695 in 2018; 3,872,775 in 2017; and 3,970,778 in 2016.

The area that is now known as Yellowstone National Park has a history that goes back for thousands of years. In fact, humans are believed to have lived on the land for 11,000 years. Today, the park shares the history of those people through archeological objects and sites.

If you plan to be one of the millions of visitors to experience Yellowstone National Park and its history in the near future, the park’s website has many helpful tips to help you prepare for your visit.