If you feel like everyone you know – and everyone they know – has visited Yellowstone National Park recently, you’re not alone. The iconic national park became even more popular as authorities urged travelers to consider spending time in the great outdoors during the pandemic.
CNN Travel reported that Yellowstone National Park set a record for visitors in August, according to a press release from the National Park Service. The park was visited by 921,844 people last month alone, an increase of 4.5% from the previous year. It might not seem like much, but it adds up when you’re talking to hundreds of thousands of people.
It had been a long time since many people had flocked to Yellowstone National Park. Officials say the previous record for August was set in 2017, the year people flocked to see the solar eclipse.
At the end of August, Yellowstone National Park has been visited by 3,590,904 people so far this year. The National Park Service has said Yellowstone is on track to see an overall 40% increase in visitor numbers from 2020 and expects that rise to continue, and has warned potential visitors to plan ahead.
According to the authorities, most camping and accommodation reservations are reserved. Available hotels could be hours away and there will be traffic. Additionally, visitors are warned to protect themselves properly, as overcrowding will make it difficult to distance.
So, no, you wouldn’t imagine an increase in photos of Yellowstone on Instagram. There has been a very real increase in the number of visitors. If you want to enjoy the outdoor experience – and photo opportunities – with less crowds, maybe try one of these other national parks.