Visitors to National Parks Rise as Covid-19 Pandemic Restrictions Decline
This represents an increase of about 11% from May 2019, the park said. Last year, the national park was closed for more than half of May and only reopened two of its five entrances for the remainder of the month.
Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming also set a staggering record in May, with more than 363,700 visitors.
That’s about 30% more than the figures for May 2019 – and also a record number of visits to the park for that month.
“Camping in the park increased 93% in May 2021 compared to May 2019, while backcountry camping increased 117%. in a press release.
And although the numbers are already high, both parks say they expect millions of additional visitors over the summer.
“Summer is Yellowstone’s busiest season,” Yellowstone National Park said. “Millions of people visit the park in June, July and August. If you are planning to travel to Yellowstone this summer, plan ahead, expect overcrowding, recreate yourself responsibly and make a commitment to Yellowstone to protect you and the park. “
Grand Teton National Park officials said July and August were historically the busiest months of the year, although the spring and fall seasons have also seen a slight increase recently.
“Anyone visiting the park is strongly encouraged to plan ahead, responsibly recreate, and ensure that this iconic landscape can be enjoyed by future generations,” the park said.
Danielle Sills of CNN contributed to this report.