Vehicles queued for admission to Yellowstone National Park in 2016, the busiest year in park history. In 2021 closed accommodations caused people to pass through park gates more frequently, fouling the people-counting methodology and overcounting tourists by nearly 1 million. (National Park Service/Courtesy)

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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