Yellowstone Visitor Services Closing for Season
Contact: Nash, (307) 344-2010
Contact: Vallie, (307) 344-2010
As leaves and snowflakes begin to fall, visitor services and roads in Yellowstone National Park begin to close for the season.
This is the last weekend to visit the new Canyon Visitor Education Center before it closes for the year on Sunday evening at 6 p.m. The new building houses state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to help visitors understand the geology of Yellowstone and its underlying “Supervolcano.”
The temporary visitor center at Old Faithful will close at 5 p.m. on November 5. While the Albright Visitor Center in Mammoth Hot Springs is open all year, it will be closed for Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, and on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.
Most of the general stores have closed for the season. The store at Old Faithful closes October 15. The store in Mammoth Hot Springs remains open all year.
This is the last weekend to stay at the Old Faithful Inn, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel and the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge will close Sunday, October 22. Lodging facilities at Grant Village and Canyon have already closed for the season.
Campers also have increasingly limited options as the season draws to an end. Madison Campground closes October 29; Slough Creek Campground closes on Halloween, and Lewis Lake Campground closes November 5. The campground at Mammoth Hot Springs is open year-round.
Visitors also need to keep an eye on the gas gauge. The service station at Mammoth Hot Springs closes after this weekend. Gasoline will remain available at Canyon and Old Faithful, but only by credit card service at the pump after October 15. Fishing Bridge has already closed but also has credit card service at the pump available.
The road between Tower Fall and Canyon (Dunraven Pass), and the Beartooth Highway from Long Lake to the summit at the Montana/Wyoming state line will close at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, October 10. All interior park roads close in preparation for the winter season at 8 a.m. on Monday, November 6. Weather conditions could temporarily close some roads at any time. Information on park road conditions is available 24 hours a day by calling the park’s road information hotline at 307-344-2117.
Park roads are scheduled to reopen to oversnow vehicle use on Wednesday, December 20, if there is enough snow to allow for safe travel. Information on visiting the park in winter is available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/winteract.htm.
Did You Know?
Prior to the establishment of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army protected Yellowstone between 1886 and 1918. Fort Yellowstone was established at Mammoth Hot Springs for that purpose.