October was a very good month visitation wise at Yellowstone National Park. Sheridan Media's Ron Richter has more.
It was no trick that more than 175,000 visitors to Yellowstone National Park last month were treated to unseasonably mild fall weather, yielding the park's second highest October visitation numbers on record and securing the park's second highest annual record.
With a month and a half remaining in the year, Yellowstone has already hosted over 3.3 million visitors, besting 2009's annual numbers. The park's record year in 2010, saw more than 3.6 million visitors. Park officials are attributing October's upswing to several days of sun and mild temperatures that averaged in the 50's and even a couple of days that reached the 70's.
The West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana remained the park's busiest with over 77,000 visitors in October, which nearly doubled the next highest numbers at the North Entrance.
Most of the roads to the popular destinations within Yellowstone are now closed for the winter season.