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Holiday Safety in Yellowstone Means Expecting a Mix of Elements

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Visitors must be aware of wildlife crossings at any moment.
Dan Hottle, NPS

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News Release Date: June 28, 2011

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
June 28, 2011 11-069
Al Nash or Dan Hottle 307-344-2015


Holiday Safety in Yellowstone Means Expecting a Mix of Elements

No road closures or construction delays will affect travel through Yellowstone National Park over this year’s holiday weekend, but thousands of visitors exploring the park may still find themselves greeted by the lingering effects of a less-than-patriotic winter.

In addition to the splendor of blooming wildflowers and abundant wildlife to be seen throughout the park, there is also still snow on the mountain passes, high swift runoff in the streams and lakes, mud and standing water in some campgrounds and on trails and overnight temperatures that may call more for redcoats than for the liberty of shorts and tank tops.

Yellowstone encourages visitors to enjoy all the park has to offer, while keeping the following key safety points in mind:

• While annual fireworks displays are held in many of the park’s gateway communities, no fireworks are allowed inside the park or on surrounding National Forest System lands.

• Traffic congestion and delays should be expected due to a high volume of vehicles, narrow lane widths and a posted 45-mph maximum speed limit. Keep your eyes open for animals present on roadways and be prepared to stop for unexpected wildlife sightseeing “jams.”

• Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and will be strictly enforced. All vehicle occupants are required to wear seatbelts while traveling.

• To protect wildlife, yourself and other visitors, view wildlife from at least 25 yards, and stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. Never leave food or other attractants of any kind unattended in camping or picnic sites.

• Be aware of low area flooding, swift water in streams and rivers and loose footing. If staying in the back country overnight, register your itinerary with ranger staff, properly store food, travel in groups of three or more if possible, and let others know where you are headed and when you expect to return.

• Protect yourself and Yellowstone’s valuable natural resources by staying on boardwalks in thermal areas. Pets, smoking and eating in thermal areas are also prohibited.

For valuable trip planning information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.

For current road conditions, call (307) 344-2117.

For current camping information, weather conditions and forecasts, call (307) 344-2113.

For information on permits and reservations, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm.

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