The famous Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in the US set a new visitor record

The famous Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in the US set a new visitor record

The globally renowned Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have made new visitor records in April. As per official records, the Yellowstone National Park reported 40 percent more travellers, (nearly 19000 more visitors than in April 2019). In order to meet the rising number of travellers, the park had to hire more employees and get them vaccinated. The park has also prepared more campgrounds that are available only by reservation.

Cam Sholly, the superintendent of the park predicted the same in March. He said, “I predicted a record season, and I think we’re on track for that,”

But these numbers have also put a stress on the parks. Sholly further added, “At some point you have got to look at what the capacity of your staff is. It can’t be a free for all….There’s a lot we can do to ensure we focus on the resource areas with the highest visitation.”

The National Park Service (NPS) also issued a release which reminded visitors that summer is the most popular season for Yellowstone.

The release read, “Expect long lines at entrance stations, extremely busy facilities and destinations, as well as delayed travel times due to heavy traffic and wildlife jams. If you want a less crowded experience, arrive early or stay late and avoid main attractions such as Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic Spring, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and Norris Geyser Basin during peak hours.”

Now the park is testing a shuttle with driverless technology.

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