From Staff Reports
Most roads in Yellowstone National Park have closed for the end of the season, but the North Entrance road from Gardiner, Mont. to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. and on to Cooke City, Mont. remains open year-round.
Visitors to Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and all national parks can enjoy free admission this weekend in honor of Veterans’ Day. Free admission is offered to all visitors, not just to veterans or military personnel. The annual fee-free event was established in 2006.
Meanwhile, across most of the rest of Yellowstone, park staff members will begin preparing the roads for commercially guided snowmobile and snow coach travel for the winter season, which begins December 15.
Visitors driving in the north section of Yellowstone during 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.
At 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 in Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.
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 depending on the weather, including hiking, fishing, hunting, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
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 Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/.
Information on visiting the Wyoming communities of Cody and Jackson this fall and winter is available from their Chambers of Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996 or the Wyoming Tourism website.
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 the company’s website.
Extensive information and assistance for planning a visit to Yellowstone is available on the park’s web site at the National Park Service website.
Updated information on road conditions in Yellowstone is available 24-hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.