Yellowstone National Park registered its highest-ever August visitor numbers this year: 921,844 came to see it, just a month after it set the record for most monthly visitors ever in July at over a million.
Wyoming Park, home to the Old Faithful geyser, saw guest numbers increase 4.5 percent in August from last year and 12 percent since 2019.
This year’s number surpassed the previous record set in August, when 916,168 came to view a solar eclipse.
However, the park surpassed its highest monthly visitor month in July this year with 1.08 million people coming to enjoy the park’s beauty, the highest monthly visitor rate in the park’s history.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming saw the highest number of visitors in August with more than 920,000 people coming to explore
The park has had that many visitors since 2017, where more than 915,000 came in August. The park also saw its highest-ever monthly visitor numbers in July, when more than a million people flocked to the park
National parks are favored by tourists as travel restrictions are easing and outdoor activities have proven to be the safest.
“National parks have proven to be favorite destinations during the pandemic,” a Yellowstone spokesperson Linda Veress said. The New York Times.
Yellowstone has seen extremely few reported COVID-19 cases at their facilities, with only three employees testing positive in August, all of whom have made a full recovery.
The park does not track visitor cases.
The park requires all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks indoors and warn them to bring their own supplies in case the parks are nearly empty.
In addition, some facilities and events are temporarily closed to visitors. And all visitors must follow state guidelines, which include all three state park residents. State guidelines are linked on their website.
Other national parks are also seeing an increase in visitors.
Many of the parks’ campgrounds are filled with tourists and campers, vying for a place to enjoy the natural beauty.
Yosemite, Glacier, Haleakala and Rocky Mountain National Parks use advanced reservations to access popular attractions, according to CNBC.
Yellowstone is known for the Old Faithful Geyser, as well as thermal basins (pictured), a volcano, and hiking trails
Many parks have long waiting times and crowded attractions
Yellowstone occupies three different states, the majority of which is in Wyoming. It extends into Idaho and Montana.
The park is a 3,472 square mile park with geysers, thermal basins, a volcano, and many hiking trails.
A woman was recently sentenced to seven days in prison for disorderly conduct after crossing a thermal spring in the park with two others.
The woman had left the boardwalk during his visit in July and was walking on the extremely dangerous, thin ground.
“The ground is fragile and thin, and boiling water just below the surface can cause severe or fatal burns,” a Yellowstone National Park spokesperson said.
The boardwalk is well marked to help tourists safely navigate the dangerous terrain near the thermal areas to avoid burning visitors.
More than 20 people have died from thermal spring burns.
The woman was ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, $1,000 in community service and $40 in fees, according to The New York Times.
TWENTY ARE DIE AFTER FALLING IN YELLOWSTONE HOT SPRINGS
According to the 1995 book “Death in Yellowstone” and subsequent news reports, at least 20 cases have been recorded of people dying from being burned in hot springs in the park.
– One of the earliest recorded fatalities occurred in 1905, when four-year-old Lester LaDuke fell into a water source north of the park. Later that year, Fannie Weeks, 40, died the same way.
– On June 29, 1970, a nine-year-old boy fell into a well after being blinded by hot vapor. Andy Hecht’s death led to the boy’s parents successfully pushing for more funding for National Park Services security officers and more security measures in national parks.
Vapor rises at the Norris Geyser Basin. At least 20 people have been killed by falling into Yellowstone hot springs
– On June 20, 1981, a man dived into a thermal spring — which was later measured at 202 degrees Fahrenheit — to rescue his friend’s dog, who had fallen into it. David Kirwan, 24, died after suffering third-degree burns. one hundred percent of his body.
– In August 2000, 20-year-old Sara Hulphers died after falling into a thermal spring in Yellowstone’s Lower Geyser Basin. According to news reports, she and two friends dropped in as they were returning from a nighttime swim in a nearby river. The friends, who were both 18 years old, were taken to hospital in critical condition with third-degree burns but appeared to have survived.