Yellowstone hosted more than 360,000 paying guests, up 110 percent from the same month in 2019, The Billings Gazette reported Tuesday. Its previous October record for tourists was in 2015, when just over 252,000 people visited the nearly 3,500 square-mile (9,065 square-kilometer) national park.
Grand Teton, Yellowstone’s neighbor to the south, reported more than 351,000 visitors in October, a figure up 88 percent year-over-year. The park’s previous October record number of tourists was in 2018, when it saw more than 207,000 visitors.
Glacier National Park in the north also recorded a substantial spike in guests in October despite closing its east entrances. The national park reported more than 125,000 visitors, a stark increase from the 78,000 tourists the park reported in 2018.
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