Highway to Old Faithful to Open on Friday
Thanks to favorable weather conditions, below-average snow levels and assistance from the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Yellowstone National Park will open the roads from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful on Friday (April 19).
Budget cuts because of sequestration had pushed the opening day back to April 26 this spring as the park delayed its snow plowing work to save money. But that delay is no longer necessary, the Billings Gazette reported.
The roads from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful will open at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Weather permitting, the road from Norris Junction through Canyon and Fishing Bridge to the park’s East Entrance will open to travel on May 3. Travel through the South Entrance to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and on to Fishing Bridge is set to open May 10,. The road from West Thumb Junction to Old Faithful will open sometime after May 10.
Restroom facilities will be available at Madison Junction and Old Faithful starting April 19, with pay-at-the-pump fuel available 24 hours a day at the upper and lower service stations.
The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, the Geyser Grill and the Bear Den Gift Shop will open for the season on April 26. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Cabins and Restaurant, the Old Faithful Upper Store and the Lower Service Station convenience store all open for the season on May 3.
Park entrance fees will be waived April 22-26 as part of National Park Week. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, noncommercial vehicle.
Information on current conditions in the park is available online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/conditions.htm. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling (307) 344-2117.