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Yellowstone entry free this weekend

Yellowstone entry free this weekend

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Yellowstone entry free this weekend
A report by Wyoming PBS News partner, Wyoming Business Report
By Business Report Staff

In observance of the Martin Luther King holiday on Jan. 16, Yellowstone National Park is waiving admission fees Saturday through Monday.

No matter how travelers enter the park — by car, RV, bus, or on a guided snowmobile or snowcoach trip — there will be no entrance fee. Yellowstone is joining all national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees on 17 days in 2012 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy historical and cultural sites that national parks have to offer.

Access to the interior of Yellowstone during the winter is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South and East entrances. At Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the dining room, the Geyser Grill, the Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center are all open for the winter season.

The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Mont., through Mammoth Hot Springs on to Cooke City, Mont., outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled-vehicle travel all year.

At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop, Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, 24-hour gasoline pumps and the Albright Visitor Center are open all year.

A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.

Other fee free dates for 2012 are:
* April 21-29 (National Park Week)
* June 9 (Get Outdoors Day)
* Sept. 29 (National Public Lands Day)
* Nov. 10-12 (Veterans Day weekend)

On the web: www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Wyoming Business Report