Yellowstone National Park is about to go beyond its capacity

Published on : Friday, August 11, 2017

Yellowstone National ParkIn the coming four to six years, it is being anticipated that Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, will reach its ability to manage all the outside vehicles that are driven by the tourists through the park to witness Old Faithful, wild wolves and grizzly bears and other stunning landscape.

The best possible solutions would be to introduce passenger shuttles in order to control visitor number at peak seasons for the busiest attractions in the park. However, at least for coming years, no such decisions will be made, as mentioned by the National Park Service.

To quote Dan Wenk, Yellowstone Superintendent, “Historic and recent trends demonstrate that visitation will increase over the long-term, therefore, it is imperative for us to plan now. Good visitor use management will allow the park to protect resources, encourage access, and improve experiences.”

On this Thursday, a pair of studies has been released by the agency considering its traffic, parking conditions, visitor demographics and expectations.

As per the study, keeping in mind the conservative estimates of visitor growth, the national park should anticipate to go beyond its vehicular capacity by 2021-2023 on the whole.

“The more popular areas of the park are already over capacity under current conditions during peak season,” the study noted.

Last year in August, more than two-thirds of 1,250 visitors were surveyed who said that getting suitable parking is a major and more than half consider that there is huge traffic and congestion in the park.

The report also suggested few extra traffic studies within the park along with the region to assist the officials so that they can come up with solutions that could include developing a plan that “evaluates and defines visitor capacities for key locations in the park.”


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