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Yellowstone opens for winter season

Submitted by Newsroom on December 15, 2011 – 1:11 pmNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park in northwestern Wyoming is now open for the winter season, but not all is accessible by snow machine because there’s not enough snow. Park officials say commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches will be allowed to travel between the park’s South Entrance and Old Faithful geyser.

Mammoth Hot Springs

The Geyser Grill, Bear Den Gift Shop and Old Faithful Visitor Education Center opened for the season today, but the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the Obsidian Dining Room won’t be open until Sunday.

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, dining room and gift shop open for the season Tuesday and travel will begin next Thursday, the 22nd, through the parks East Entrance over Sylvan Pass.

The road from the parks 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 ‘round. Also open year round is the Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, 24-hour gasoline pumps, and the Albright Visitor Center at Mammoth Hot Springs.

All roads south through the park are closed for the winter season to wheeled vehicles, including the road to Old Faithful Geyser. During the winter season only two roads are plowed — between the North Entrance and Cooke City, Mont., and from Mammoth Hot Springs to the parking area at the Upper Terraces.

More information for planning a visit to the national park is available online at — nps.gov/yell.

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