Visits at Yellowstone National Park were down for the month of August, with 582,211 recreation visits for August 2022. The news release states this is a 37% decrease from August 2021 with 921,844 visits, making it the most visited August month on record.
August visits for 2022 were a 29% decrease from the pre-COVID year of 2019 when the park hosted 820,006 visitors. So far, in 2022, the park has had 2,446,982 visors, a 32% decrease at this same time in 2021. This was also a decrease from 2020, when there were 2,556,528 visitors for that year. The park was closed from March 24 to May 17 of that year; two entrances opened on May 18, and the remaining three opened on June 1.
All entrances to Yellowstone National Park closed on June 13 due to a historic flooding event that impacted many Montana communities. The flood waters destroyed parts of the north and northeast entrances to the Park. Guests visiting the park at the time were evacuated in 24 hours. The park’s east, west, and south entrances reopened on June 22 on a limited entry basis. These entry restrictions for the entrances were removed on July 2. The north and northeast entrances of the park remained closed for visitor vehicles. Foot traffic, bicycles, and commercial tours are allowed at these two entrances.
Since the park is still in recovery from the flooding event, it is extremely important that visitors be aware of what is open and closed in the park. Click here to see the seasonal hours of operation at the park. If you plan on visiting Yellowstone National Park, check the road conditions before you visit.