Yellowstone’s South Entrance Now Open

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The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park from Wyoming opened for the season on Friday.

Visitors will now be able to travel through the entrance to Grant Village, West Thumb Junction and on to Fishing Bridge. Craig Pass, however, between West Thumb Junction and Old Faithful will not be open until June 11 because of construction on the Isa Lake Bridge.

Visitors planning to travel to Old Faithful from the South Entrance will need to take the Grand Loop Road through Fishing Bridge Junction, Canyon Junction, Norris Junction and on to Old Faithful. The road between Canyon Village and Tower-Roosevelt over Dunraven Pass will open to travel later in the month, on May 22, in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The information’s coming directly from the park managers.

Other routes into the park that were already open include a section of US-212 outside the park’s Northeast Entrance from Cooke City, Mont., to the intersection with Wyoming-296, the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to Cody, Wyoming. The section of the Beartooth Highway between the junction of US-212/WY-296 and the community of Red Lodge, Montana, is set to open by Friday, May 22. Crews from the NPS and the Montana Department of Transportation are making good progress in opening the road due to lighter than normal snow conditions.

Construction is under way north of the entrance to the Norris Campground on the road to Mammoth Hot Springs. Crews are rebuilding a 5 and a half mile section of the road, along with the bridge over the Gardner River. Visitors should expect daytime delays of up to 30 minutes throughout the summer season. Visitors should also be aware that spring in Yellowstone is unpredictable and often brings cold temperatures, high winds and snowfall, so temporary road closures are always a possibility with little or no advanced warning.

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