The park hosted more than 920,000 recreational visits in August, surpassing its busiest August on record in 2017, when crowds came to witness the solar eclipse.
Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to US national parks this summer, breaking a record in Yellowstone as authorities easing domestic travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic .
Yellowstone National Park, which It is located primarily in Wyoming, set a record in August when the park hosted 921,844 recreational visits, park managers said this week. This number of visitors has increased by 12% from August 2019 and 4.5% from August 2020, as the pandemic attracted more tourists to the park.
Park officials said that before this year, Yellowstone 's busiest August was in 2017, when over 915,000 hits were recorded, many coinciding with the solar eclipse that year .
National and state parks have become tourist destinations and refuges during the pandemic, as a health experts made clear that outdoor activities presented a minimal risk of infection.
In Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park set records for May, then again in June, with more than 752,000 hits, according to park officials. In the Mountana, Glacier National Park also has set a record of visits in May. And in Utah, hikers had to face four hour wait for some trails in Zion National Park, or rejection at the gates of Arches National Park.
So far this year, Yellowstone has hosted over 3.5 million visits, an increase of 40% compared to the same period last year.
June, July and August are usually the mbusiest days in Yellowstone, which was established as the country's first national park in 1872. The 3,472 square mile park , small pa whose rts s 'extend into Idaho and Montana, attracts tourists for its hydrothermal activity, which is part of the Yellowstone volcano.
As in other parks national, increased visitor numbers led to longer queues and crowded stages, including people crowded into the walks of Yellowstone or waiting for the Old Faithful rash. Authorities have repeatedly urged those interested to visit to plan ahead and" expect overcrowding. ”
" Most campsites and accommodations in the park are booked and full "the park said on its website Web.
Regardless of their immunization status, visitors are required to wear a mask indoors, in crowded outdoor areas and on all transportation common park. The park stopped before placing limits on visitors, like Yosemite National Park in central California made in April .
Yellowstone officials have also urged people to stay on the boardwalks, as some visitors who have passed through the parc and fell into a hot spring were seriously injured or killed.
It 's illegal to stray from the boardwalk or designated trails and touching or throwing objects in hot springs or other hydrothermal features in the park, officials said.
Last month, a woman from Connecticut was sentenced to seven days in prison for walking on the park's thermal baths. She was charged with traveling to thermal areas and disorderly driving after she and two other people walked from the marked promenade to a thermal pool and geyser at Norris Geyser Basin, one of the largest thermal areas in the park.
And last year three visitors were sentenced to two years probation,and banned from the park during this period after trying to cook a chicken in a spring.