BILLINGS, Mont. — Winter visitation at Yellowstone National Park has increased slightly from the same time last season.

Park officials say a total of 297,809 people visited the park between December 2006 and March 2007. This winter season, 301,600 visitors entered the park — an increase of 1.27 percent.

The majority of the traffic — a total of 53,122 visitors — was through the north entrance, the only road kept open to vehicle traffic year-round. Officials say entrance at Gardiner had visitation increase of 8 percent.

Meanwhile, the south, west and east entrances saw visitation increases between 1 and 4 percent.

Snowmobile visits were down 1.21 percent while snowcoach visits increased by 9.8 percent.