Winter park visitation same as last year

Apr 24, 2012 The Associated Press

POWELL (AP) -- More than 89,000 people visited Yellowstone National Park between Dec. 15 and March 15 -- a figure similar to the previous winter season.

The National Park Service says 89,279 people visited the park this winter, an increase of about half a percentage point from last season.

Snowmobile and snow coach visits were down more than 10 percent this year, but visitation stayed steady thanks to an increase in automobile traffic through the park's North Entrance.

Most Yellowstone visits come during the summer season.

For example, last July, the average day brought more than 3,900 visitors through the East Entrance -- eight times the number of east gate visitors this entire 71-day winter season.

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