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Experience Yellowstone Before Winter Sets In

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Date: October 3, 2011
Contact: Al Nash or Dan Hottle, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
October 3, 2011 11-104    
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015


Experience Yellowstone Before Winter Sets In

The signs of fall in Yellowstone are everywhere - autumn colors, bugling elk, fewer people. As the season winds down, there is still a little time to come and enjoy the park - hike, bike, drive, take photos, watch wildlife, geyser gaze, etc. Do it soon, though, as only a few facilities remain open. 

The last day that each road/facility is open, is as follows:

Tower Fall to Canyon Junction over Dunraven Pass - Monday, October 10 (closes 8 a.m. October 11)
Beartooth Pass - Monday, October 10. Gates close at Long Lake, 17 miles from the intersection of Wyo. 296 (Sunlight Basin), and US 212; and at the Montana Stateline, 25 miles from Red Lodge at 8 a.m. on October 11, unless an early snow storm would close the road on the preceding weekend.

Old Faithful Inn, gift shop, deli, and dining room - Sunday, October 9
Old Faithful Lower Service Station - Sunday, October 16 (24-hr credit card pay available)
Upper General Store - Monday, October 17
Snow Lodge, cabins, and restaurant - Sunday, October 23
Geyser Grill, Bear Den Gift Shop - Sunday, November 6
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center - Sunday, November 6

Wrecker Service - Monday, October 10
Canyon Service Station - Sunday, October 16 (24-hr credit card pay available)
Canyon Visitor Education Center - Sunday, October 16
Yellowstone Adventure Store - Sunday, November 6

Hotel, dining room, cabins - Monday, October 10
Service Station - Monday, October 10 (24-hr credit card pay available)
Gift Shop and Terrace Grill - Monday, October 16

The General Store, post office, clinic, and the Albright Visitor Center are open all year, with a few exceptions. 
Check the park newspaper or website for specifics.

Madison Campground - Sunday, October 23
Slough Creek Campground - Sunday, October 31
Lewis Lake Campground - Saturday, November 5
Mammoth Campground is open year-round

All facilities at Lake, Fishing Bridge, Tower/Roosevelt, and Grant Village, as well as most campgrounds, have closed for the season; although 24-hour pay at the pump fuel is available at all otherwise closed service stations.                                                                          

All park roads except the road from Gardiner through Mammoth to Cooke City will close for the season Monday morning, November 7, at 8:00 a.m.  The park's North Entrance and the road to Cooke City remain open to wheeled vehicles all year, weather permitting. There could be up to 30-minute delays this fall on the road between Tower Junction and Cooke City due to a bridge replacement project.

Fall weather in and around Yellowstone can be unpredictable. Visitors should be prepared for winter weather and winter driving conditions, and are advised to have flexible travel plans. Updated information on park roads is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.

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