Yellowstone National Park broke attendance records for a third consecutive year, with visitors accounting for 9.38 million people during fiscal year 2017, an increase of 5 percent from the previous year. The park welcomed 5.65 million visitors in September, shattering the mark set in 2016 by 10 percent.
The National Park Service announced that a record-breaking 1.41 million visitors visited the park during the same month last year, though they were denied some on-site recreation opportunities because of the construction and repaving work being carried out across the park.
Yellowstone has had five all-time visitation records, the National Park Service said. The park had 9.48 million visitors in 2015 and posted 9.73 million visitors in 2016. The park broke visitation records in the period October through May as well.
The park was one of several set to lose access to tourists after a decade of construction and major construction projects throughout the park, which include adding over 4 miles of bridge, road improvements, electricity upgrades, stream sediment removal, and improvement to Grand Canyon Lodge, among other improvements.
“Yellowstone posted 1.42 million visitors in September, breaking the record of 1.36 million set in September 2016,” Park Service Chief Communications Officer Randy Kruse said in a press release. “This is fantastic news for the park and for the region.”