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Yellowstone road opens for ‘spring bicycling’ season

A bicyclist rides past freshly plowed snow along the road between Norris and Canyon Village in this 2012 file photo.

Bicyclists willing to brave the unpredictable elements of spring in Yellowstone National Park can now travel 49 miles of newly plowed park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Mont., to Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. 
There is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 21. 
A bicycle trip into Yellowstone this time of year is not to be undertaken lightly. The quickly changing weather can be challenging. Snow and ice may still cover sections of road. Tall snow banks may line roads and pullouts be may be snow packed. 
Bicyclists are required to ride single file and follow all other rules of the road. Cyclists should expect to encounter and yield to snowplows or other motorized vehicles operated by park employees or construction workers traveling in conjunction with park operations. 
Bicyclists should be prepared to encounter bears, bison, elk, wolves, and other wildlife at any time. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton road opens to bicyclists

Grand Teton National Park’s Teton Park Road between the Taggart Lake Trailhead and Signal Mountain Lodge has been cleared of snow and is now open to non-motorized recreational uses such as walking, bicycling, and rollerblading. Recreationists should be alert for park vehicles that periodically travel this roadway for administrative purposes as spring opening operations continue. Road crews may be clearing auxiliary roads and wayside areas, and visitors are cautioned to keep a safe distance from rotary plows and other heavy equipment. Recreationists are cautioned that snow and ice may persist on some sections of the roadway creating slick conditions. Dogs are permitted on the Teton Park Road, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Some Yellowstone roads set to close as season ends

Gardiner, Mont. lies at the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park, and is the historic original entrance to the park.

There are only a few days left to for motorists to drive into most of the interior of Yellowstone National Park before the roads close for the season. Roads to most of the park’s popular locations close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. Monday, November 3. The exception is the road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., through Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo. to the park’s Northeast Entrance and the communities of Cooke City and Silver Gate, Mont. That road is open all year, weather permitting. Continue Reading →

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Moose-Wilson Road in Grand Teton open for autos

The Moose-Wilson Road connecting Grand Teton National Park and Wilson, Wyo., will soon close for the season. (File photo by Acroterion/Wikimedia Commons - click to enlarge)

The annual spring opening of the Moose-Wilson Road for vehicle access has arrived, and the scenic rural road within Grand Teton National Park is now open for the 2014 travel season. A brief travel closure on the unpaved section of the road will be in place for about 48 hours, beginning 4 a.m. on Tuesday, May 20 to accommodate a dust abatement application. The road will reopen by 8 a.m. Thursday, May 22 Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone South Entrance opens Friday, May 9

The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open for the season on Friday morning, May 9, as scheduled. The road between West Thumb and Old Faithful over Craig Pass will also open to travel Friday. At that time, visitors will be able to travel through all five park entrances to popular destinations including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin, and Fishing Bridge. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone’s East Gate may see slides, closures

Early travel through the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park could be complicated by snow slides as warm weather sets in. Park officials advised Thursday that deep snowpack above Sylvan Pass has the potential to release large, heavy, wet snow slides which can reach and cover the road, especially under sunny, warm conditions. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton sets opening dates for 2014 summer season

The National Park Service has announced opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. The Teton Park Road will open May 1, with visitor centers and other facilities opening throughout the month of May. By mid-June, virtually all facilities in the park will be open. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton open for winter season

The winter season kicks off today in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, as entrances open to snow coaches, snowmobiles, skiers and hikers along the snow-covered roads through both parks. A mix of travel and recreational activities are allowed on different roads and trails in both parks. Visitors are reminded to come prepared by carrying personal emergency survival equipment in their vehicles and dressing appropriately for outside activities in extremely cold weather. Continue Reading →

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