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Yellowstone Set For Summer’s Swan Song

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Date: August 28, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
August 28, 2013       13-073    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015


Yellowstone Set For Summer’s Swan Song

Shorter days, the sight of school busses on area roads, and the shift in Yellowstone visitation from families to couples and tour groups all signal that summer is drawing to a close.

All campgrounds, lodging, stores, shops, service stations, restaurants, and other services and activities in and around the park remain open for the start of the Labor Day weekend. 

With a favorable weather forecast, visitors can expect that campgrounds and lodging in and around the park to fill very early in the day. Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visitor should plan to arrive early at campgrounds that do not take reservations. The current status of available camping and lodging in the park is available by calling (307) 344-2114.

Some visitor services begin to close for the season starting Sunday, September 1. Details are available in the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, from the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park, or online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.

All roads leading to and in the park are open. Brief construction delays are possible on the section of road between Tower Fall and Tower-Roosevelt Junction. Updated road information is available 24 hours a day at (307) 344-2117.

Recent weather conditions have resulted in limited activity on fires in and around the park. Smoke impacts have been minimal. These fires pose no threat to visitors or area residents.

The National Weather Service forecast is for sunshine on Saturday and Sunday and a slight chance of thunderstorms on Labor Day, with daytime highs near 70 and overnight lows in the mid 40s. Visitors can get the latest weather forecast by calling (307) 344-2113, or by listening to the NOAA Weather Radio station broadcasts from transmitters located at Mammoth Hot Springs and Grant Village.

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