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BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park has set a record this year with more than 3.8 million visits at the end of September, and is on track to top 4 million visits by the year’s end.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) that according to park statistics, the number of recreational visits this year has surpassed a 2010 record of more than 3.6 million by nearly 5 percent.

Visitation has been following an upward trend all year, as each month topped its 2014 total. This year’s numbers have already outpaced 2014’s end of year visitation count by 300,000.

Yellowstone spokeswoman Amy Bartlett says the increase in visitors can be attributed to the “Find Your Park” campaign, lower gas prices and the upcoming National Parks Service centennial, which takes place next year.


Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle,