Yellowstone Hits 3 million Visitors

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Yellowstone National Park officials announced they reached three million summer visitors for a third consecutive summer.

The final total from May 1 through Sept. 30, 2011 is 3,090,615, down 6.6% from last year's record-breaking tally of 3,308,412. July was the heaviest visited month, as it historically has been, with nearly one million visitors. According to park statistics, the west entrance was the most popular with 1.3 million. Other statistics reflect slight percentile drop from 2010 across the board in RV and tent campers, likely due to the extended winter. Colder weather and snow extended past May into June this summer resulting in more visitors later in the season. In May, the traditional summer season opening month, most park roads become more accessible and usable as the winter snow-pack melts away. However, with colder temperatures the park experienced longer snow presence, with some smaller banks in shaded areas even lasting into July.

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Stagecoach at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone

The History of West Yellowstone

The trip E.H. Harriman, president of the Union Pacific Railroad, and Frank J. Haynes, president of Monida & Yellowstone Stage Line, made to Yellowstone National Park in 1905, led to the existence of the town of West Yellowstone.