More than 2.9 million people have visited state parks through September of this year, a 2% increase over last year, according to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks.
Three months before the year is over, Grand Teton National Park has set a record for visitation.
Almost 873,000 recreation visits were recorded, a 4% increase from last September and a 26% jump from September 2019.
In a season of record setting, Yellowstone National Park's August visitation was again a new high point in the park's history.
Visitation was up 17% to 24% compared to Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the Labor Day weekend in 2019.
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park over the Memorial Day weekend was up 50% compared to the same weekend in 2019, park officials reported.
As Superintendent Cam Sholly predicted, visitation to Yellowstone National Park in April was up 40% compared to 2019, with 19,000 more people entering the park.
Despite the pandemic prompting the closure of Yellowstone National Park for more than a month last spring, more than 3.8 million people still visited, down only 5% from 2019.
Whether it was because of the coronavirus pandemic, mild weather, or people out of work seeking solace in the outdoors, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks saw their busiest Octobers ever.
"Those are just insane numbers," explained Loren Flynn, the regional park manager for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "We've never seen anything like that."
Just like its larger neighbor to the north, Grand Teton National Park set a record for visitation in September, hosting more than 603,000 recreation visits.
The pandemic hasn’t dampened tourists’ desire to visit Yellowstone National Park. Despite the hassles of traveling with hand sanitizer, masks and staying socially distant during the novel coronavirus outbreak, visitation to the park was up by about 2% in July compared to July 2019.
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park was down 32% in June from the same month last year as the coronavirus pandemic kept some travelers home, but increased sharply toward the end of the month.
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Results came back negative for 43 asymptomatic Yellowstone National Park employees tested for COVID-19 on May 28 and 29, the park announced in a press release.
The Wyoming side of the Beartooth Pass is scheduled to open on Friday, providing motorists access between Red Lodge and Cooke City via Highway 212.
Butte-Silver Bow officials announced that bars, restaurants, casinos, breweries, distilleries and gyms within the county will be closed for a week beginning at 4 p.m. Monday and lasting until 8 a.m. March 23.
The Montana Department of Corrections suspended visitation to all facilities Friday until further notice in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Starting in January, some parents in Yellowstone County who have their children removed will get to see a judge within 72 hours.