• Steam rises off of the colorful Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces. Photo courtesy Jacob W. Frank


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Entry To Yellowstone Free This Weekend

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Date: January 9, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
January 9, 2012              12-003  
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015


Entry To Yellowstone Free This Weekend

Yellowstone National Park is waiving admission fees this weekend in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday.

No matter how you choose enter the park - by car, RV, bus, or on a guided snowmobile or snowcoach trip - the entrance fee to the park will be waived Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16.

Yellowstone is joining all national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees on 17 days in 2012 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer with their loved ones this year.

Other fee free dates for 2012 are:

• April 21 to 29 (National Park Week)
• June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
• September 29 (National Public Lands Day)
• November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend

Access to the interior of Yellowstone during the winter months is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South and East entrances. At Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the dining room, the Geyser Grill, the Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center are all open for the winter season.

The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs on to Cooke City, Montana, outside the park's Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. 

At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop, Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, 24-hour gasoline pumps and the Albright Visitor Center are open all year. 

A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.

More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

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