Shoulder season travel beginning in Yellowstone; Road Construction closes two routes
(Yellowsone, National Park, Wyo.) – Now that school has started and with Labor Day just around the corner, the fall “shoulder, or empty nester,” tourist season is upon us. Travelers heading to Wyoming’s top attraction are advised that travel patterns in Yellowstone have been altered to accomplish several road improvement projects.
While some visitor services begin to close at the end of this weekend, campgrounds, lodging, stores, shops, service stations, restaurants, and other services and activities in and around park will be open for the start of the Labor Day weekend. 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/
Visitors can expect campgrounds and lodging in and around the park to fill very 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 (°F) on Saturday dropping to around 50 degrees (°F) 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.
The road linking Old Faithful with West Thumb and Grant Village will be closed for the season starting 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 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. Sunday, Sept. 14, until 7 a.m. Tuesday, 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. See the road construction map here.
For instance, visitors can still travel between the South Entrance and Old Faithful; they just need to allow a couple more hours of travel time to take the detour through Fishing Bridge Junction and Canyon Village. Visitors should consult a road atlas, their favorite online road map application, or the Official Park Map, to see that they can still travel between all major destinations in the park despite the road closures.