Mammoth Hot Springs (Courtesy of Yellowstone National Park)

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for September was down slightly compared to last year’s levels. The park recorded 527,610 recreational visitors in September 2012, down 1.6 percent from last year.  Despite the decline, it was still the third highest September visitation ever recorded.

Park spokesman Al Nash says the number of recreational visitors entering Yellowstone for the first nine months of the calendar year is up compared to 2011. The park recorded 3,238,128 recreational visitors from January through September 2012, a 1.5 percent year-to-year increase.  Nash says
With three months left in the calendar year, more recreational visits to Yellowstone have been recorded this year than in all of 2007, which was previously the fourth highest visitation year on record.