The National Park Service released the 2011 visitation numbers for Yellowstone National Park, and the total came in at 3,394,321. That’s the second highest annual total ever recorded for the park. It comes in second to the previous year, 2010, when 3,640,184 people came to the park. The top 4 totals have occurred in the past 5 years. While travel in general is down due to the economy, the splendor of Yellowstone continues to draw millions of people from all over the world.
Yellowstone National Park’s winter visitor season will start on schedule on December 15th. There are still some road sections without enough snow cover, so they will open later as snow conditions allow. The spectacle of Yellowstone in the winter is something we haven’t yet seen in person, but it is very high on the list. We don’t care for the cold, but it must be worth it to see such an amazing landscape.