Yellowstone Park visits down slightly in August

Yellowstone National Park saw a decline in recreation visitors last month.

However, with more than 800,000 visitors, the park still recorded its second-busiest August ever.

Yellowstone officials reported 805,173 recreation visitors in August compared with 854,837 for the same month last year, a decline of 5.8 percent.

“We’ve only broken the 800,000 mark in August twice — last year and this year,” Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said.

“Our August visitation figures are 50,000 more recreational visitors this year than we saw in 2009, and 2009 was a record year, which of course was supplanted by last year,” he said.

Year to date, Yellowstone is reporting 2,653,832 visitors compared with 2,866,401 visitors in 2010 and 2,654,378 visitors in 2009.