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Yellowstone visitation at lowest level since since 2014; 2.3 percent less than 2018

Skiing the Fairy Falls Ski Trail in winter treats visitors to an icy view of this popular 197 foot waterfall. (NPS/Diane Renkin)

Skiing the Fairy Falls Ski Trail in winter treats visitors to an icy view of this popular 197 foot waterfall. (NPS/Diane Renkin)

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY — In 2019, visitation to Yellowstone National Park was at the lowest level it has been since 2014.

The park recorded over 4 million visits, a 2.3 percent decrease from 2018 and a 5.6 percent decrease from the record-breaking year in 2016.  

Recreation visits by year 

2019 – 4,020,287

2018 – 4,114,999

2017 – 4,116,525

2016 – 4,257,177

2015 – 4,097,710

2014 – 3,513,486 

In 1904, recreation visits topped out at 13,727.

More data on park visitation, including how numbers are calculated, is available on the NPS Stats website at

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