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Home National & State Parks Yellowstone Yellowstone Switches to Oversnow Travel Parkwide

Yellowstone Switches to Oversnow Travel Parkwide

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With the park experiencing significant snowfall throughout its boundaries at the end of 2011 and into the New Year, Yellowstone National Park has shifted fully to oversnow travel for visitors and staff.

Rubber- and steel-tracked guided snowcoaches and snowmobiles now are allowed to travel on all interior park roads, with the exception of the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Junction, which is restricted to rubber-tracked guided snowcoaches only until snow conditions improve.

snow_coachThe road from the park's North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana through Mammoth Hot Springs and on to Cooke City, Montana outside the park's Northeast Entrance is open to automobile travel all year.

Interior areas of the park received up to 12 inches or more of heavy wet snow along with strong winds at the start of the New Year, increasing the danger of avalanches on steep slopes. Storms and adverse winter weather conditions throughout the park also caused poor visibility due to blowing and drifting snow.

Visitors traveling oversnow with guides or driving on open portions of park roadways are cautioned to remain alert for rapidly changing road conditions and other hazards. It is also strongly advised to carry emergency items such as drinking water, an extra blanket or warm clothes, and remain flexible with alternate travel plans.

Park staff members will continue to closely monitor road conditions and weather forecasts.

Updated park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117. For information on roads outside of the park, travelers in Wyoming may dial 511; those outside of Wyoming may call (888) 996-7623, or visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation website at
www.wyoroad.info .

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 .

Rangers also announced that Yellowstone National Park topped 3 million visitors in 2011, marking the fifth streight year the park has gone over the 3 million number.

Overall visitation to Yellowstone for 2011 was 3,394,321. While down 6.8 percent from the record 3,640,184 people who visited the park the previous year, 2011 was the second highest visitation year on record.

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