The number of tourists who visited Yellowstone in the first 8 months of 2014 hit 2.7 million, according to figures released by the National Park Service. However, over the park’s three peak months, June through August, the number of visits increased by 6.5% compared to 2013. In 2013, after 8 months, the park had only had 2.3 million visitors.
Park officials are unsure what has caused the increase in visitors. Now, park officials may up the 3 million visitors goal, to become more of a baseline.
In general, the park’s rise in popularity may reflect the state’s continued visibility nationally. Bozeman is almost a microchasm of trends that have taken place in the state. Bozeman continues to see its schools grow as out of state neighbors move in to enjoy the attractions and serenity of our state. Construction numbers and increased real estate transactions also suggest that Montana has become an attractive destination for out of state movers, more than it has ever been before.