Select Yellowstone roads open to automobiles tomorrow

(Yellowstone) - Starting tomorrow, April 15 at 8:00 a.m., the road segments from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone will open for the season allowing visitors to travel by car to two of the park’s iconic locations. Each spring, Yellowstone National Park clears snow and ice from 198 miles of main road, 124 miles of secondary roads, 125 acres of parking lots inside the park, and 31 miles of the Beartooth Highway outside the park’s Northeast Entrance in preparation for the summer season. Additional road segments in the park will open during May as road clearing operations progress. To see opening dates, road construction and delays, and current road status, visit the Park Roads webpage at: Spring in Yellowstone brings unpredictable weather including cold temperatures, high winds, and falling snow. Even cleared sections of roads can be narrow and covered with a layer of snow, ice and debris. Visitors should use extreme caution when driving as road clearing operations can be ongoing at any time throughout the park. In the case of extreme weather conditions, temporary road closures are also possible with little or no advance warning. Due to the snow, walking on trails or on boardwalks through thermal areas may also be difficult for some time. Bears have emerged from hibernation in the Greater Yellowstone Area and are on the hunt for food. If you plan to hike, ski or snowshoe in the park, stay in groups of three of more, make noise on the trail, carry bear spray, and know how to use the bear spray. Yellowstone regulations require visitors stay 100 yards from black bears, grizzly bears, and wolves and 25 yards from all other large mammals. Visitors should park in pullouts and stay in vehicles when viewing roadside animals. The best defense is to stay a safe distance from wildlife and use binoculars, a telescope, or telephoto lens to get a closer look. #buckrail #news