Posted: May 9, 2013 9:54 AM by MTN News
Updated: May 9, 2013 10:14 AM
WEST YELLOWSTONE - The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park will open for the season on Friday, May 10.
That means that as of 8 a.m. Friday, visitors will be able to travel through the South Entrance to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and on to Fishing Bridge and across Craig Pass to Old Faithful.
Inside the park, the road between Canyon and Tower-Roosevelt over Dunraven Pass will open to travel May 24 in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Due to construction, there will be daytime delays of up to 30 minutes and nightly closures on the section of road between Tower-Roosevelt Junction and Chittenden Road beginning May 28.
All other interior park roads are open for the season.
The portion of US-212 from Cooke City to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (WY-296) will also open May 10, weather permitting.
The section of the Beartooth Highway between the junction of US-212/WY-296 and the Montana state line is set to open on Friday, June 14.
The Beartooth Highway between Red Lodge and the Montana state line is scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend.
Budget cuts due to the impacts of sequestration were expected to delay the opening of some park entrances and road segments by one to two weeks.
Fundraising by the communities of Cody and Jackson, Wyoming allowed crews and equipment from the Wyoming Department of Transportation to assist the NPS with spring road clearing, allowing the East and South Entrances to the park to open as originally scheduled.