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Roads To Yellowstone’s Old Faithful, Canyon Closing For Winter

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Yellowstone National Park is moving into its winter mode, and that means roads to most of the park's popular tourist destinations, including Old Faithful ,will close for the season at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.

Most visitor services in Yellowstone National Park have already ended for the season.

yellowstone_lowerfalls_1Winter opening dates are snow permitting, rangers said, and all dates are subject to change.

The road closures allow park staff to begin preparing the roads for limited, commercially guided snowmobile and snowcoach travel during the winter 2011-12 season, which begins Dec. 15.

That's when most roads should be open to oversnow travel (weather and snow conditions permitting).

Rangers expect the East Entrance Road (between East Entrance and Fishing Bridge) to open Dec. 22 to oversnow travel.

The only park road 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 Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana.

They are maintained only during daylight hours, rangers said, and may close during severe storms.

Visitors should expect snowpack, ice, frost heaves, and drifts. Mud/snow tires or tire chains may be required, and are recommended always. The speed limit for all vehicles is 45 mph (73 kph), or lower where posted, such as from North Entrance to Mammoth.

Rangers caution visitors to not stop on the road or block traffic when viewing wildlife or scenery, and always use pullouts. Trails and overlooks may be snow-covered, icy, and dangerous. Visitors need to obey all trail closures, rangers added, and to walk cautiously at all times and always to keep an eye on any children in your group.

Oversnow travel in Yellowstone will end in March 2012.

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, rangers said. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice.

Updated information on road conditions in Yellowstone is available 24-hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117.

Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, medical clinic, campground, and the Albright Visitor Center remain open all year. Pay-at-the pump fuel is available 24 hours a day all year at Yellowstone Park Service Stations at Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts provides lodging, food service, and guided recreation opportunities in Yellowstone during the winter. Details are available by calling 866-GEYSERLAND, or online at
www.YellowstoneNationalParkLodges.com.

All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open all year, with local businesses offering a wide range of services and recreation opportunities. Information on planning a visit to Yellowstone can be found in the park web site at
www.nps.gov/yell.

 
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