(CNN) – Yellowstone National Park did it again.
That number is 872,695 recreational visits, released in the National Park Service news on Tuesday. A 4% increase from September 2020.
Perhaps even more important is to record the number of visitors year-to-day.
So far in 2021, Yellowstone has seen 4,463,599 recreational visits, up 32% from the same time in 2020. It seems that the whole of Oregon has visited Yellowstone and invited more than two hundred friends.
It is the first time the park has exceeded the millions-visitors this year earlier, even before the epidemic, the NPS said.
Busy, busy, busy
“Never before in the history of Yellowstone have we seen such a surge in such visits,” said Superintendent Cam Sholly in a news release.
“We will continue to work with our teams and colleagues to promote and implement appropriate short-term and long-term measures to monitor the growing number of visits to the park.”
The influx of tourists is forcing Arches National Park in Utah to temporarily close its gates on a daily basis. And sad visitors are not the only result of overcrowding. The National Park Service is looking forward to one of its worst summers on record, so the Arches will not be the only known park where groups can be an issue. CNN’s Lucy Kafanov reports.
This announcement comes as no surprise to the people who have been part of the big wave trying to break into the world’s most popular parks for months now.
Many people, many wild animals
You should not expect crowds to come out in large numbers in the spring in national parks, which the NPS once warned, as people are flocking to the outlying areas after a long period of refined indoors within the epidemic.
If you are planning to enjoy Yellowstone, the NPS recommends making good plans ahead of time and be prepared to share the site with other travelers.
A lot of people mean something that can happen to wildlife after a bad move, too. The NPS recommends keeping a minimum of 25 yards (23 meters) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves.
Be prepared for the weather
You also have to be prepared for all kinds of weather in Yellowstone this time of year. After all, it is located northwest of Wyoming and reaches slightly into Idaho and Montana.
The NPS says that “snow is common in spring and falls with a constant collection of 12 inches.”
then, at about 6:45 pm this Wednesday, the park’s temperature was 20 degrees Fahrenheit (about -7 Celsius).