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How To Enjoy And Stay Safe In Yellowstone Over The Fourth

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Date: June 30, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2014              14-042    

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

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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How To Enjoy And Stay Safe In Yellowstone Over The Fourth

Summer is here, and Yellowstone is welcoming visitors for the upcoming Independence Day holiday. Since July is the park’s busiest visitation month, the following tips and reminders are provided for ensuring a safe and memorable holiday weekend vacation:

• All roads, campgrounds, lodging, visitor amenities and activities are open for the season. Road construction projects on the park’s Grand Loop Road will be halted over the weekend, and there will be no traffic delays or night road closures at any of the construction areas between 5:00 p.m. Thursday, July 3 and 7:00 a.m. Monday, July 7.

• While annual fireworks displays are held in many of the park’s gateway communities, visitors are reminded that no fireworks are allowed inside the park or on surrounding National Forest System lands. After a snowy winter and wet spring, vegetation is beginning to dry out, prompting an increase in the fire danger rating to Moderate on July 1.

• Extra time should be factored into traveling from place to place in the park. Traffic congestion and delays due to a high volume of vehicles, especially when wildlife are on or near the roadway, should be expected. Visitors should keep their eyes open for animals present on the road and be prepared to stop for unexpected wildlife sightseeing “jams.”  

• Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and is strictly enforced in Yellowstone. All vehicle occupants are also required to wear seatbelts while traveling on park roadways.

• Whether along the road or along a hiking trail, visitors are required to view wildlife from a safe distance of at least 25 yards, and stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. This is to ensure the safety of both people and animals.

• All visitors traveling on foot in the park away from developed areas, especially on trails, should stay in groups of three or more, make noise on the trail, keep an eye out for bears and carry bear spray. Bear spray has proven to be a good last line of defense, if kept handy and used according to directions when a bear is approaching within 30 to 60 feet. 

• You can protect yourself and Yellowstone’s valuable natural resources by staying on boardwalks in thermal areas. Pets, smoking and eating in thermal areas are also prohibited.

For valuable trip planning information, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.
For current, 24-hour road conditions, call (307) 344-2117 or visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/roadclosures.htm. For current camping information, weather conditions and forecasts, call (307) 344-2113. For information on permits and reservations, visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/feesandreservations.htm.

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