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


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Yellowstone National Park Open To Visitors

Ranger Lionel Reliford welcomes one of the park's first guests through Yellowstone's North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, following a 16-day government shutdown.
Dan Hottle, NPS

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News Release Date: October 17, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park 
P.O. Box 168 
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190 

October 17, 2013 13-091

Al Nash or Dan Hottle 
(307) 344-2015 


Yellowstone National Park Open To Visitors 

The gates to the world’s first national park are open again after a 16 day closure. 

Visitors are encouraged to return to the region to take advantage of the crisp weather and enjoy the last few weeks of the fall season. 

All of the entrances to Yellowstone National Park are open to visitors. All roads in the park are open with the exception of the section linking Tower Junction and Canyon over Dunraven Pass, which has closed for the season. Outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, US-212 remains open through Silver Gate and Cooke City east to the junction with WY-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. The road over Beartooth Pass has closed for the season. 

The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center and the temporary Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs open at 9:00 a.m. today. The Mammoth Hot Springs and Lewis Lake Campgrounds are open. The Yellowstone General Store in Mammoth Hot Springs is open. Pay at the pump fuel is available by credit card at locations throughout the park. All other visitor services in Yellowstone have closed for the season. 

Communities around Yellowstone are open all year. Information on lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in Montana including the towns of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Silver Gate, 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 Office of Tourism at 800-225-5996 or on the web at http://www.wyomingtourism.org. Idaho travel information is available by calling the Idaho Division of Tourism at 800-VISITID or online at http://www.visitidaho.org

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117. Updated information on current conditions in the park will be available online later Thursday at http://www.nps.gov/yell/conditions.htm.

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