Expect busy Labor Day weekend in Yellowstone

2014-08-27T11:44:00Z 2014-08-27T23:58:39Z Expect busy Labor Day weekend in YellowstoneGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 27, 2014 11:44 am  • 

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park over the Labor Day weekend can expect campgrounds and lodging in and around the park to fill early in the day.

Advance reservations are highly recommended. Visitors should plan to arrive early at campgrounds that do not take reservations. The current status of available camping and lodging in the park is available by calling 307-344-2114.

Visitors should come prepared for a wide range of weather conditions, with daytime temperatures in the 60s on Saturday dropping to around 50 degrees on Labor Day. With showers or thunderstorms in the forecast as well as overnight lows approaching freezing, holiday weekend visitors should also pack a raincoat and a warm jacket.

Some visitor services begin to close for the season starting on Sunday. Details are available in the park newspaper handed out at entrance stations, from the staff at visitor centers and information stations in and near the park, or online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.

The road linking Old Faithful with West Thumb and Grant Village will be closed for the season starting at 6 a.m. on Tuesday so the bridge at Isa Lake can be removed and replaced.

In addition, the road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris will be closed due to construction from 11 p.m. on Sept. 14 until 7 a.m. on Sept. 30.

Despite these closures, visitors can still travel from any park entrance to any location in the park, or travel between any two points in the park.

The official park map is distributed to visitors at park entrance stations and is also available online at http://go.usa.gov/Phw4. Detailed road information is available 24 hours a day online at http://go.usa.gov/PhAH or by calling 307-344-2117.

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