- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park saw fewer visitors last month than it did in October 2015, but the year-to-date total is already ahead of the record numbers for all of 2015.

The National Park Service reports Yellowstone had just over 242,000 recreational visits last month, down from 252,000 in October 2015 - a decrease of nearly 4 percent.

For the first 10 months of the year, the park has tallied 4.2 million visitors, ahead of last year’s total of nearly 4.1 million visitors.

Park officials say several temporary road closures due to the weather led to decreased traffic at the east entrance between Oct. 3 and Oct. 20.

A total of 942 buses entered the park in October, compared to 826 in October 2015.

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