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Yellowstone Set For Memorial Day Summer Season Kick-Off

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Date: May 22, 2012

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
May 18, 2012              12-031  

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Set For Memorial Day Summer Season Kick-Off

While the official start of summer is still weeks away, summer season in Yellowstone really begins with the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

All park entrances are open for the season. The road over Dunraven Pass linking Canyon Village and Tower Fall opens for the season on Friday morning, May 25. Also opening the same day is the Beartooth Highway, the section of US-212 outside the park which connects the communities of Red Lodge and Cooke City, Montana, and the park's Northeast Entrance.

Most seasonal visitor services are open in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Saturday also marks the opening of fishing season in the park. Details are available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit, by consulting the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, or by asking the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park.

There will be no daytime travel delays or overnight road closures due to construction during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of rain, with high temperatures in the mid 40s. Spring visitors to the park are encouraged to have flexible travel plans and to be prepared for a wide range of weather conditions.

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, offering a wide range of recreation opportunities and activities for visitors to the region.

Information on lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in Montana including the towns of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Cooke City, is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/.

Information on visiting Wyoming including the communities of Cody and Jackson is available from their Chambers of Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996, or on the web at http://www.wyomingtourism.org/.

Idaho travel information is available by calling the Idaho Tourism Division at 800-VISITID or online at http://www.visitidaho.org.

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