|Above, an eruption of Old Faithful Geyser. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Yellowstone National Park visitor totals for 2016 beat the previous year's record, according to Explore Big Sky. This is understandable as 2016 was the centennial year for the National Park Service.
Explore Big Sky wrote:
2016 was another record-breaking year for visitation in Yellowstone National Park. The park tallied a total of 4.25 million visits this past year, a 3.9 percent increase from 2015 when nearly 4.1 million people visited the park and a whopping 21 percent increase over 2014 numbers.
National park visitation was strong in Montana and Wyoming throughout the National Park Service’s centennial. Glacier National Park to the north of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park to its south also posted record years. 2016 was the third consecutive year that both parks set visitation records.
One of the most notable trends in recent years is the marked increase of commercial tour buses entering Yellowstone’s gates. In 2016, nearly 13,000 commercial bus tours were counted, a 21 percent increase over 2015 entries and a 46.5 percent increase from 2014 figures. Park management is currently considering options for commercial tour bus management.
|Above, a Buffalo Touring Bus Co. bus in West Yellowstone. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
My daughter Amber and I visited Yellowstone in 2015 and took two tours of the park with Buffalo Bus Touring Co., an outside commercial tour company from West Yellowstone.
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