Yellowstone shatters visitation record

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By the end of October, 4 million recreational visitors had ventured into the nation’s first national park. That’s up 17 percent from this time last year, and the highest number ever recorded.

In October alone there were over 252,000 people trolling the geysers, mud pots, mountains and meadows of this crown jewel park.

Why the overall surge in visitor numbers? There’s speculation that a combination of mild October weather, low gas prices and promotion of the 2016 National Park centennial caused the uptick.