The number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park in September rose compared the same time a year ago, according to a news release from the park.

The park hosted 724,454 visitors in September 2018, or about 13 percent more than in September 2017.

However, overall visits so far this year are down 0.3 percent from the same time last year, but still represent a marked increase from six years ago.

With the increase in September, year-to-date visitation in 2018 is about 19 percent higher than it was in 2013:
  • 2018 – 3,860,694.
  • 2017 – 3,872,776.
  • 2016 – 3,970,778.
  • 2015 – 3,814,178.
  • 2014 – 3,288,806.
  • 2013 – 3,111,924.

The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time, according to the news release.

Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and should check current conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.

More data on park visitation, including the method of calculating these numbers, is available on the NPS Stats website.