As the summer season kicks off, travelers from all over the world are making their way to and through Powell to reach Yellowstone National Park.
“We have seen an increase in visitors and traffic in Powell,” said Rebekah Burns, the Powell visitor center coordinator, adding, “It is so great to see people coming into the center.”
Yellowstone has seen a surge in early traffic. In May alone, the park recorded a total of 446,875 visits — the busiest May in park history. Compared to May 2017, trips to Yellowstone were up by more than 6 percent and 27,000 visitors.
“The continued high level of visitation in the park underscores the importance of planning a Yellowstone adventure ahead of time,” Yellowstone officials said in a Friday news release. “Visitors should anticipate delays or limited parking at popular destinations, and check road conditions on the park’s website before they arrive.”
As folks pass through Powell on their way to the park, they’ll find several events on the summer calendar. That includes the Powell Alumni Weekend July 6-7; the Farmers Market, every Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m on Second Street; and the Park County Fair July 24-28.
Burns encouraged people to stop by the visitor center and pick up a “That’s WY” flag. The orange flags, emblazoned with the text “That’s WY,” are part of a Wyoming Office of Tourism effort to promote Wyoming and encourage both locals and out-of-staters to “to get off the beaten path and explore some of the state’s most special places.”
Folks are encouraged to post photos of themselves with their flags on social media with the hashtag #FlyYourWY.
“The #FlyYourWY promotion encourages folks to show off all that is wonderful about Wyoming, from our iconic attractions to our small-town gems,” Kristin Dialessi, brand integration senior manager for the Wyoming Office of Tourism, explained earlier this year.
The Powell Chamber of Commerce is one of dozens of sites across the state distributing the flags.
“We have plenty to give away, no matter what part of the world you are from,” Burns said.
—Tribune intern Mary Lynn contributed reporting.