Yellowstone National Park enacts shutdown plan

Posted at 2:18 PM, Dec 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-24 17:19:02-05

Yellowstone National Park is implementing a plan of operation during the government shutdown. The office of Public Affairs released updated information Saturday morning on their response to a lapse in federal appropriations.

  • Yellowstone will remain open, however, all government-run operations and facilities are closed. Entrance stations will not be staffed.
  • The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City, Montana, is open to wheeled vehicle travel. Visitors can access all the commercial services along this route (including commercial services in Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower).
  • Visitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park via oversnow travel (e.g. at Old Faithful). Concessioners are currently providing funding for road grooming so that oversnow access to the interior is possible.
  • Guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips with commercial operators will be allowed. Non-commercially guided snowmobile trips will also be allowed.
  • If conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and/or developed areas in the park may be closed.
    Park staff will provide emergency services and law enforcement. All park regulations, including those regarding oversnow travel, are in effect as normal.
  • The park website and social media sites will not be maintained.
  • All administrative offices, including the public affairs office, will be closed until the government reopens.

Information will be posted and updated on the park’s website.