While Yellowstone National Park visitation dipped slightly in July compared to last year, officials caution that crowd numbers remain high, and visitors need to plan ahead.
The park hosted 936,062 visits in July 2019, according to statistics the parks service released on Tuesday.
This is a .48 percent decrease from last July (940,563 visits).
So far in 2019, the park has hosted 2,294,690 visits, down 1.19 percent from the same period last year.
The list below shows the trend over the last five years. Year-to-date visitation in 2019 is slightly higher than five years ago in 2015.
Year-to-date Recreation Visits (through July)
2019 – 2,294,690
2018 – 2,322,270
2017 – 2,316,542
2016 – 2,427,988
2015 – 2,279,557
"The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time," park officials wrote in a media release. "Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive."
More data on park visitation is available on the NPS Stats website.