All but one entrance to Yellowstone National Park is now open, but the numbers suggest that on its 150th anniversary, the park will have its lowest number of visitors since 2013.
The park reports in September 2022, there were more than 567,000 recreational visits.
That’s down 37% compared to September 2021, which was the busiest September on record.
Year to date numbers as of the end of September show there have been a little more than 3-million visitors, which is down 32% compared to the end of September 2021.
This past Saturday (October 15th), the road from Tower Junction to the Park’s Northeast Entrance and to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana reopened to motor vehicle traffic.
A number of sections of the highway were destroyed as a result of the flooding in June, and it took about 4 months to repair.
Elsewhere Old Gardiner Road which goes from Gardiner, Montana, to the Park’s North Entrance and to Mammoth Hot Springs, will open to regular traffic no later than November 1st and all other roads within the park, except for those that connect the North to the Northeast Entrances, are scheduled to close to motor vehicle traffic on that day for the season.
This includes the West, South and East Entrances.
They are scheduled to reopen on December 15th to snowmobile and snow-coach traffic.
The North and Northeast entrances as well as the roads connecting to them, remain open to motor vehicle traffic year-round.
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