Published on : Thursday, May 27, 2021
The recognised Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have made new visitor records in April. According to official records, the Yellowstone National Park has reported 40 percent more travellers, (nearly 19000 more visitors as compared to April 2019). In order to meet the rising number of travellers, the park had to hire more employees and get them vaccinated. The park has also prepared more campgrounds that are available only by reservation.
The National Park Service (NPS) also issued a release which reminded visitors that summer is the most popular season for Yellowstone. It said that expect long lines at entrance stations, extremely busy facilities and destinations, as well as delayed travel times due to heavy traffic and wildlife jams. The statement also mentioned that visitors have to arrive early or stay late and avoid main attractions such as Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Norris Geyser Basin during peak hours if they want a less crowded experience.
Park superintendent Cam Sholly said that he predicted a record season back in March, and is currently on track for the same. He also mentioned that the numbers have also put a stress on the parks due to the capacity of staff. He mentioned that it cannot be a free for all and lot more can be done to ensure focus on the resource areas with the highest visitation.