CODY (WNE) — While overall spring attendance continues to grow in Yellowstone National Park, the May turnout declined slightly from 2018.

Visitation registered 576,776 through May this year, up 1 percent from 2018.

The May count alone was 434,385, down 2.8 percent from 2018. Last year was the busiest May on record and this marks the third-busiest May in history.

The year-to-date attendance is up 11 percent from 2015. However, it ran behind the 2016 total of 593,755, which was a record-setting year for Yellowstone.

Park officials say the high rate of visitation means those planning vacations “underscores the need to plan a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time.”

It is recommended visitors check out road conditions on the Park’s website. They should also be warned that there may be driving delays and parking issues in some popular areas.

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