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Yellowstone Set for Final Big Weekend of Summer

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Date: August 31, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2010   10-098    
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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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.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.