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Spring snow plowing set to start in Grand Teton

Road plowing along Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park is set to begin April 1. (NPS photo - click to enlarge)

On Monday, March 23, 2015 Grand Teton National Park road crews will begin their annual spring plowing of the Teton Park Road from Taggart Lake parking area to Signal Mountain Lodge. As plowing operations get underway, recreation on this winter trail will cease for the season. Visitors may continue to use other winter trails, and/or areas adjacent to the Teton Park Road, for skate-skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing until conditions are no longer favorable. Snow removal will also begin on the Moose-Wilson Road, once work is concluded on the Teton Park Road Continue Reading →

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Teton Park Road open for spring access as plow crews continue work

Crews are clearing snow from roads and highways in Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park road crews cut through the deep snowpack on the Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake parking area and Signal Mountain Lodge—a distance of 15 miles— and completed this portion of the annual spring plowing on Friday, April 4. The Teton Park Road has now melted down to pavement and is currently open to non-motorized recreation such as walking, roller-blading, and biking. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone asks Wyoming to adopt ‘orphan’ Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is a high-altitude scenic byway that snakes along the Montana-Wyoming border and tops out at nearly 11,000 feet.

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk traveled to Cheyenne on Thursday to ask Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and state transportation officials to participate in a unique adopt-a-highway program. Wenk wasn't looking for volunteers to clean up roadside litter. Instead, he asked Wyoming to take ownership of an "orphan" stretch of the Beartooth Highway. The soaring, scenic byway connects the Montana towns of Cooke City and Red Lodge, but it also passes through nearly 35 miles of high country just inside Wyoming's northern boundary. Continue Reading →

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Early visit to Yellowstone a dream come true for recovered cancer patient

For a recovered cancer patient from Mississippi, local efforts to plow roads in Yellowstone National Park helped fulfill his dream vacation. But for many others visiting Yellowstone on Friday, the politics and economics of snow plowing took a back seat to the animals, including a grizzly sow and her cub spotted between Sedge Bay and Lake Butte Overlook. Continue Reading →

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Road crews finish clearing snow along East Entrance Road in Yellowstone Park

Workers look on as two rotary snowplows enter Yellowstone National Park on Monday to begin removing snow along the East Entrance Road. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

State and federal road crews plowing snow in Yellowstone National Park met Wednesday along the East Entrance Road, completing a job that was funded with help from Wyoming businesses and residents. Snow plows from the Wyoming Department of Transportation pushing into the park from the East Entrance met up before noon with National Park Service plows moving east from Fishing Bridge, according to WYDOT spokesman Cody Beers. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone to open roads from west and north to Old Faithful on April 19

The Roosevelt Arch greets visitors at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. (Flickr photo by Pete Zarria - click to enlarge)

Yellowstone National Park will open the roads from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful on Friday, April 19, as originally scheduled, according to a statement released Monday from the park's public affairs office. Despite a delayed start on snow plowing due to budget cuts mandated by Congress under the sequester, the roads from Mammoth and West Yellowstone are opening as originally scheduled before cuts were announced. Continue Reading →

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Locally funded Wyoming crew begins plowing Yellowstone East Entrance Road

Several tons of heavy equipment rumbled to life at the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, as workers began what is expected to be a month-long effort to remove snow on the road between the park's eastern boundary and Fishing Bridge. Road workers rarely begin their day to a round of applause like that heard on Monday, but they also typically aren't driving rigs sporting promotional banners and flags positioned in easy view of a group of waiting reporters and local officials. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone Park launches online ‘plow-tracker’

With budget cuts affecting the road-plowing schedule in Yellowstone National Park, more attention than usual has been focused this year on which roads will be plowed and when. The National Park Service has set up a page on the Yellowstone website that allows the public to chart plowing progress, showing on a map the approximate daily location of the plows as they make their way along the park's roads. Continue Reading →

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Wyoming towns meet fundraising goal for plowing Yellowstone roads on time

Crews work earlier this spring to plow Sylvan Pass, the highest point along the east entrance road into Yellowstone National Park. (National Park Service photo - click to enlarge)

Two small Wyoming tourist towns at the edge of Yellowstone National Park are celebrating successful fundraising efforts to cover the cost of plowing part of the roads leading into the park, assuring an on-time opening for their gates this spring. The chambers of commerce in Cody and Jackson have confirmed that they have raised enough money to move forward with a plan to pay for Wyoming Department of Transportation personnel and equipment to assist in snow removal inside Yellowstone's east and south gates. Continue Reading →

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