YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - About 2.2 million visitors came to Yellowstone National Park in 1988 despite the raging forest fires that repeatedly caused road closures and early shutdowns of some tourist facilities. Park spokeswoman Joan Anzelmo said Friday that 2,219,128 people visited Yellowstone last year, which was down about 15 percent from the 1987 total of 2,618,429.
But Anzelmo said park officials believe it is a good year anytime the visitor total exceeds 2 million. "Looking at the whole year in retrospect, it was still a good showing," she said.The number of December visitors also declined slightly compared with the corresponding month the previous year. Yellowstone had 20,670 visitors last month, compared with 21,632 in December 1987, Anzelmo said.
She added that park officials expect to see a large number of visitors in 1989.
"The travel industry is working hard to get the word out that Yellowstone is definitely still here," she said.