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Yellowstone has 3rd busiest September on record, despite road closures

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MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. -

Yellowstone National Park had its third busiest September on record this year with 640,068 visits. This total is down 8.79 percent from the 701,754 visits in September 2016, according to a YNP news release sent out Wednesday.

The 2017 total is also less than the second-busiest September in 2015, which saw 680,213 visits to the park.

Snowy, inclement weather might have contributed to the decline in visits last month; snow, ice, and avalanche danger caused several days of road closures throughout September.

The total number of visits so far in 2017 is approaching 4 million, although down 2.47 percent from the same time period in 2016, the busiest on record. Recreational visit totals through September for the past five years are as follows:

  • 2017 - 3,872,776
  • 2016 - 3,970,778
  • 2015 - 3,814,178
  • 2014 - 3,288,803
  • 2013 - 3,111,923
  • 2012 - 3,238,129

Given ongoing high visitation levels, the park's news release emphasized the importance of planning your trip and checking road conditions at YNP's website.

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