Yellowstone Set for Final Big Weekend of Summer
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Set For Final Big Weekend Of Summer
Good weather is forecast for Yellowstone National Park for the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend. This typically results in a pulse of weekend visitors, as many people from the area surrounding the park use the occasion to mark the unofficial end of summer.
All campgrounds, lodging, stores, shops, service stations, restaurants, and other services and activities in the park remain open for the start of the Labor Day weekend.
Campgrounds and lodging in and around the park can fill very early in the day. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visitor should plan to arrive early at campgrounds that do not take reservations. The current status of available camping and lodging in the park is available by calling (307) 344-2114.
Some visitor services begin to close for the season starting Sunday, September 5. Details are available in the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, from the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park, or online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.
All roads to and inside the park remain open.
Visitors should expect travel delays of up to 30 minutes between Norris and Madison through Gibbon Canyon due to road construction, even during the holiday weekend. There are no longer any night closures on this road project.
There will be no holiday travel delays through Sylvan Pass (East Entrance road). Construction on that project will be halted from 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 2, until 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 7.
The National Weather Service forecast is for sunny skies Friday with a slight chance of showers Saturday into Labor Day. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the upper 50s to upper 60s with overnight lows in the upper 30s.
However, Yellowstone's weather is very unpredictable. Both the park’s South and East Entrance roads were temporarily closed Tuesday morning, August 31 due to snow; the first time this has occurred since late spring. Fall visitors should be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions, including plows clearing snow from the roads, and temporary road closures.
Updated road information is available 24 hours a day at (307) 344-2117. Visitors can get the latest weather forecast by calling (307) 344-2113, or by listening to the NOAA Weather Radio station broadcasts from transmitters located at Mammoth Hot Springs and Grant Village.
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Did You Know?
Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.