Apparently lots of people have found their park.
Coinciding with the recent marketing campaign “Find Your Park”to promote the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service, visitation at Yellowstone National Park has jumped nearly 15 percent so far this year.
Visitation for the first five months of the year increased 14.65 percent over the same period last year, according to a park press release. Visitation in May increased by 15 percent over last May.
All of the park’s five entrances showed an increase in vehicles for the month of May compared to May 2015.
The West Entrance recorded the largest increase in May, with 33,927 more vehicles than May 2015.
The most striking increase in vehicle traffic this month was with buses. There were 48 percent more buses (594 vehicles) this May compared with May 2015.
“While many factors could be at play, park managers point to the National Park Service’s Centennial year, marketing and tourism promotions by the states of Montana and Wyoming, and lower gas prices as influences in the record number of visits to Yellowstone so far this year,” the press release states.