Tourism in the U.S. has had a rough couple of years. Periods of high gasoline prices and high unemployment has meant low levels of tourism. Sheridan Media's Betsy Love has more
This trend has been true in Wyoming—and that includes the nation's first national park, Yellowstone. But there are some signs that the tourists are finally coming out of “hibernation.” Al Nash, who is the Public Affairs Director for the Park, says the park has had a slump in visitation numbers over the last few years:
But he adds that it doesn't just “feel” busy at Yellowstone:
And, even though there are more humans than ever migrating to Yellowstone this year, that shouldn't impact the other animals in the park, Al says:
The most recent figures show nearly 700,000 visitors came to Yellowstone this June, which is up 8% from last year. And 100,000 more than in June 2008.