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West Entrance Station Construction Will Temporarily Limit Some Off-Season Park Access

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Date: March 5, 2008
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2008     08-013   
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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West Entrance Station Construction
Will Temporarily Limit Some Off-Season Park Access

Construction of a new entrance station will require the temporary closure of the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park for several weeks.

The closure, set to begin on Sunday night, March 9, and extend through Friday, April 4, is necessary to move the canopy from the existing entrance station to the new entrance station that is currently under construction.

Moving the canopy will involve the use of three large cranes which require on-site assembly, as well as disassembly prior to their removal from the site.  The canopy will require bracing and structural stabilization prior to the move and will be supported and moved on two large trucks.

The entrance closes to snowmobile and snowcoach travel on Sunday evening, March 9, and isn’t scheduled to reopen for automobile access until Friday, April 18.

This temporary closure will impact a very limited number of park visitors, but will delay the start of off-season bicycle access between West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs.  The Riverside Trail, which bypasses the construction, will remain open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. 

Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117.

–  www.nps.gov/yell

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.