People visit Brink of the Lower Falls Trail (NPS/Jacob W. Frank)

Yellowstone National Park had a busy Memorial Day weekend, not only beating last year’s attendance but also the traffic from 2019.

The East Entrance closest to Cody had 31% more traffic than the same holiday weekend in 2019, a total of 1,385 more visitors. In 2020, the Park and east gate experienced lower traffic numbers than 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, May 30, was the biggest day of the weekend for the Park and East Entrance. The east gate reported 1,249 travelers while the Park had a total of 12,040. The West Entrance led the Park on this day with 5,635 visitors.

Consistent with historical norms, the East Entrance was the fourth busiest gate in the Park.

Over Memorial Day weekend 2019, there was not a single day with more than 1,000 visitors at the East Entrance. In 2021, three of the four weekend days topped 1,000 people there.

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