National Parks Are Changing Reservation Rules This Fall

Yellowstone National Park is erupting in a different way this summer. The destination set a record last month for its most-visited August with 921,844 recreational visits, the park said in a release this week. That’s 4.5 percent up from last August and 12 percent up from August 2019, making it the most visited August on record.

The new benchmark also breaks the previous record of 916,166, set in 2017, when the solar eclipse drew massive crowds. But no special celestial events were needed this year to lure visitors hungry for outdoor destinations like Yellowstone—based mostly in Wyoming, with sections in Idaho and Montana.

Of course the natural wonders of Yellowstone—in particular its hydrothermal features like geysers, steam vents, mudpots, and hot springs—have long drawn tourists since it became the first national park in the U.S. back in 1872. But its popularity has seen a consistent upward trend this season.