Yellowstone National Park is reporting that visitor numbers for June of 2017 are slightly down from a year ago. According to officials those numbers decrease by 4.8 percent compared to those in 2016, but it is still the second-busiest June on record.
The National Park Service counted more than 803,000 visits last month. The park tallied 838,000 visitors in June of 2016.
During the first six months of 2017, Yellowstone has hosted 1.3 million visitors, down approximately 5.5 percent from 2016.
While the numbers are down from a year ago, they are still high, with 2017 nearly 25-percent higher than five years ago.
Yellowstone’s staff said the continued high level of visitation to the park underscores how important it is for visitors to plan ahead, anticipate delays at popular attractions and to check road conditions on the park’s website.
The park accounts for big money as more that $680 million came in to gateway communities in Wyoming and Montana, supporting some 8,100 jobs.