Sheesh, Yellowstone National Park put up some NUMBERS last year.
It’s no secret that people flock to Yellowstone National Park for the chance to experience the breathtaking views and wildlife preservation at the famed National Park.
And just when you think the park couldn’t grow anymore in popularity, think again…
The park saw a record number of visitors in 2021, tallying 4.86 million visits, shattering their previous record set in 2016, and a million more visits than they saw in 2020, according to AP News.
That’s pretty impressive considering the limited number of hotel rooms and campsites being limited due to the ongoing COVID-19 precautions.
However, as great as it is for business, and the exposure of their magnificent wildlife and features in general, the park is struggling to keep up with the drastic increase in numbers due to being short staffed.
A rush of people from May through September strained employees and park services as they struggled to hire new employees, along with worker housing caps.
Yellowstone officials announced that the record breaking year happened with 20% less places to stay than previous years, meaning that visitors typically had to exit the park at night and re-enter after staying somewhere else.
Not to mention, the influx of people also means an influx of idiots doing things that might get them killed.
The park’s road corridors and parking lots can get pretty crowded, but those areas only make up less than 1/10 of 1% in the actual park.
Seeing this news makes me wonder if the increase in popularity from the show Yellowstone has played a dramatic role in the park’s popularity.