Yellowstone National Park Tourist / Tourism File

Visitors admire Midway Geyser Basin from the boardwalk on June 13, 2019, in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park recorded a little more than 936,000 visits in July, a decrease of less than 1% from the year before. 

Park officials announced Tuesday that they counted a total of 936,062 visits during what's usually the park's busiest month. That total is .48% less than the total for July 2018 — 940,563 visits.

That brings total visits for the year to nearly 2.29 million, a total that's about 1.2% below the total for the same period last year.

It's the first year since 2015 that the park hadn't surpassed 2.3 million by this time, but it's not far behind visitation in those other years. 

But park visitation is still trending upward compared to years past. Each of the past four years have topped 4 million, and this year looks to be on pace for that as well.  

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1. 

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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