West Entrance Station Construction Will Temporarily Limit Some Off-Season Park Access
Contact: Al Nash or Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
West Entrance Station Construction
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.
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Did You Know?
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.