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Yellowstone Ready To Welcome Memorial Day Weekend Visitors

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Date: May 27, 2010
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
            
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2010                  10-038                
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Ready To Welcome Memorial Day Weekend Visitors

All entrances and interior roads in Yellowstone National Park have opened for the season.  

Many seasonal visitor services are open for the Memorial Day weekend. Details and current conditions are available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit, by consulting the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, or by asking the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park.

There will be no daytime delays or overnight closures due to construction on any park road project during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  

The National Weather Service forecast for the weekend calls for cloudy skies and a chance of rain or snow showers every day, with highs in the 40s to mid 50s, and overnight lows ranging from the mid 20s to near freezing.

Spring visitors to the park are encouraged to have flexible travel plans, and be prepared for a wide range of winter and spring weather conditions.  Snow remains on many trails and boardwalks which may limit access in some areas.  Snow storms have resulted in temporary road closures this week, and could cause additional short term closures over the weekend.  Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
 
For information on roads outside of the park from Cooke City via the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, travelers in Wyoming may dial 511; those outside of Wyoming may call 888-996-7623, or visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation website at http://www.wyoroad.info.

For information on the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, Montana, which usually opens the Friday before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, travelers in Montana may dial 511; those outside Montana may call 800-226-7623, or visit the Montana Department of Transportation website at http://mdt511.com/.

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, with local communities and businesses offering a wide range of recreation opportunities and activities for visitors to the region. Information on lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in Montana including the communities of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Cooke City, is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/.  Information on visiting Wyoming including the communities of Cody and Jackson is available from their Chambers of Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996, or on the web at http://www.wyomingtourism.org/. Idaho travel information is available by calling the Idaho Tourism Division at 800-VISITID or online at http://www.visitidaho.org.

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