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Yellowstone East Gate opens Friday despite budget cuts, late snow

Despite a series of budget cuts that delayed National Park Service snowplows and a round of spring snow that moved through the region early this week, the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park is set to open Friday. Wyoming communities in Cody and Jackson chipped in to cover the cost of snow removal along much of the park's south and east entrance roads, ensuring on-time openings for those gates. Continue Reading →

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Grand Teton sets summer opening dates for roads, facilities

Road crews, maintenance workers and rangers in Grand Teton National Park are preparing for the start of the summer visitor season. And thanks to assistance from supporting partner organizations, two park facilities that had faced season-long closures due to budget cuts will instead remain open. The park's public affairs office on Thursday announced opening dates for seasonally operated facilities and roads in the park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, as well as details on outside funding that will help fill the gap left by across-the-board budget cuts mandated by Congress under the sequester. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone opens Saturday to snowmobiles, snow coaches for winter season

Yellowstone National Park kicks off its winter season as scheduled Saturday, operating under the same management plan as last year. Beginning at 7 a.m. Dec. 15, visitors can travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles or snow coaches from the North, West and South Entrances. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin Dec. 22, according to a statement released Wednesday by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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