Yellowstone Open For Memorial Day Weekend Though Weather Forces Some Delays
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Open For Memorial Day Weekend
Park officials expect all park roads to be open on Friday, with the exception of Dunraven Pass between Tower and Canyon, and the Beartooth Pass outside the park’s Northeast Entrance. Previously cleared and ready to open, heavy snowfall over the last two days has caused extremely unsafe conditions which will delay the scheduled Friday morning openings. The passes will be re-evaluated on a daily basis.
Visitors should be prepared for slight morning delays while plows clear any overnight snow accumulations on Craig and Sylvan passes and other high elevation roadways. Slick sections of road are possible and caution is advised.
Updated park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
Due to flooding conditions, Norris and Slough Creek Campgrounds will also not open Friday. Openings will occur as conditions allow.
Many seasonal visitor services in Yellowstone National Park are open for the Memorial Day weekend. Details and current conditions are available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm, by consulting the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, or by asking the staff at park visitor centers and information stations.
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.