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October weather dings Yellowstone National Park visitor numbers

Weather forces closures of some entrances
Posted: 11:35 AM, Nov 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-13 13:35:41-05

Yellowstone National Park is reporting a big drop in the number of visitors for the month of October.

The park says visitation was down 22% from a year ago and park statistics show this year was also down 12%from the five year average.

Park officials are blaming the dip in visitation on the weather. They say several park entrances and some roads were closed due to winter weather.

Other roads in the park were closed or restricted to one lane due to construction.

So far this year , the total number of people visiting Yellowstone is down 2.5% from last year and down about 1% from the five year average.

Until the winter season opens in mid-December, travel in the park right now is limited to the road from Gardiner to Cooke City.

Park officials caution that weather conditions can change quickly at this time of year, so be sure to check conditions on the park's website before visiting right now .