The crowds keep coming -- Yellowstone sets September and year-to-date attendance records
October 14, 2021 at 02:50
(CNN) — Yellowstone National Park has done it again.
After setting an attendance record in August of more than 920,000 recreational visitors, it's set a record for September as well.
That number is 872,695 recreation visits, a National Park Service news release on Tuesday said.
Perhaps even more notable is the record number of visitors year-to-date.
So far in 2021, Yellowstone has seen 4,463,599 recreation visits, up 32% from the same period in 2020.
It's as if the entire state of Oregon visited Yellowstone and invited along more than 200,000 friends.
It's the first time the park has exceeded the 4-million-visitor mark this early in the year, even before the pandemic, NPS said.
An influx of visitors is forcing Arches National Park in Utah to temporarily shut its gates almost daily.
The National Park Service is anticipating one of its busiest summers on record, so Arches won't be the only popular park where crowds could be an issue.
If you plan to enjoy Yellowstone, the NPS advises making plans well ahead of time and be ready share the space with other travelers.
The NPS says keep a minimum of 25 yards (23 meters) from all wildlife and 100 yards (91 meters) from bears and wolves.
Be weather readyYou also need to be ready for all kinds of weather at Yellowstone this time of year.