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Last Chance to Drive To Old Faithful, Canyon Until Spring

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Date: October 29, 2013

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2013        13-094

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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Last Chance to Drive To Old Faithful, Canyon Until Spring

The roads to many favorite Yellowstone destinations will close to automobile travel in a few days as the park begins preparing for the winter season.

The only road in the park which is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year is the section from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and the Lamar Valley on to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Montana.

All other roads will close for the season at 8:00 a.m. Monday, November 4, so park staff members can begin preparing the roads for limited, commercially guided snowmobile and snowcoach travel beginning December 15.

At Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, medical clinic, campground and visitor center remain open all year. Pay-at-the pump fuel is available 24 hours a day all year at all park service stations.

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, with local businesses offering a wide range of fall and winter recreation opportunities.

Information on fall and winter lodging, camping, services and activities near the park in the Montana communities of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Silver Gate is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from the Montana Office of Tourism at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/. Those interested in visiting the Wyoming communities of Cody and Jackson can get information from their Chambers of Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Office of Tourism at 800-225-5996 or http://www.wyomingtourism.org. If your travel plans take you through Idaho, you can get more information by calling Idaho Tourism at 800-VISITID or checking out their web site http://www.visitidaho.org.

Visitors driving to and in the park during the fall and winter are encouraged to have flexible travel plans and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. Mud and snow tires or tire chains may be required. Updated information on road conditions in Yellowstone is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117. 

Extensive information and assistance for planning a visit to Yellowstone is available on the park’s web site at http://www.nps.gov/yell.

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