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Enjoy a Safe Holiday Weekend in Yellowstone

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Date: July 1, 2008
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
July 1, 2008    08-051
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015


Enjoy a Safe Holiday Weekend in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park staff would like to ensure that visitors to the park enjoy the holiday weekend safely and get the most out of their visit.

Fireworks are prohibited in Yellowstone National Park and on all national forest land surrounding the park.  It is your responsibility to determine if you are on public land, whether fireworks outside these areas are allowed, and to adhere to all county and city fireworks laws and restrictions.

To protect wildlife, yourself, and other visitors, view wildlife from at least 25 yards; 100 yards from bears and wolves.  Don’t block an animal’s line of travel, surround, crowd, approach or follow wildlife, run or make sudden movements.  Never leave food unattended in any location, at any time.  If a bear approaches during your picnic, collect your food and get into your car.

Talk to a ranger at a backcountry office or visitor center before beginning a hike to obtain current trail conditions, weather forecast, and information on bear activity and bear management closures.  Be prepared for rapidly changing weather and other conditions.

Keep your children close to you at all times in hydrothermal areas.  Inform them that the water can be near or above boiling temperatures.  The thin crust in these areas can break easily and sometimes overlies scalding water.  Remain on designated boardwalks and trails in these areas.  Your pets are prohibited in hydrothermal areas as is smoking and eating.

The park’s rivers and streams are running near peak levels.  Visitors are urged to be careful around these swollen, dangerous waterways.

The maximum speed limit in park is 45 mph, unless otherwise posted.  All occupants of the vehicle must wear a safety belt and children must be in proper restraints.  Driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol is illegal and laws will be strictly enforced.

Leave plenty of time to travel inside the park as traffic and wildlife jams often cause delays.  There is an asphalt recycling project along a 10-mile road segment just south of Grant Village that may cause up to 30-minute delays from 7:00 a. m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Permits are required for fishing, boating, and backcountry camping.  Camping is prohibited anywhere other than in a designated campground or backcountry campsite.  There are seven front country campgrounds that are on a first-come, first-served basis.  To secure a site in one of these campgrounds, arrive early as they will fill quickly over the holiday weekend.  There are five additional campgrounds operated by Xanterra Parks & Resorts that accept reservations by calling 1-866-GEYSERLAND (1-866-439-7375). Lodging reservations can also be made by calling this number.

For current road conditions call (307) 344-2117; weather forecast (307) 344-2113; and the status of camping and lodging in the park (307) 344-2114.

- www.nps.gov/yell -


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