Vehicles queued for admission to Yellowstone National Park are an increasingly common sight. Park visitation is up 15 percent in 2016 with the busy summer months yet to come. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

Yellowstone National Park welcomed 518,087 visitors between January 1 and May 31 of this year, and 386,064 in May alone — a 15 percent increase over the same time period last year. Park officials credit the Park Service centennial, marketing campaigns by Wyoming and Montana, and low gas prices with the spike.

 

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