Yellowstone National Park News
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Mule deer tests positive for chronic wasting disease in Yellowstone National Park
November 14, 2023 | 1:30 pm
Yellowstone National Park and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) recently confirmed the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the carcass of an adult mule deer buck found near Yellowstone Lake in the southeastern section of the park. This is the first confirmed positive detection of the disease in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone visitation statistics for October 2023
November 9, 2023 | 2:11 pm
Yellowstone National Park hosted 299,127 recreation visits in October 2023. This is a 26% increase from October 2022 (236,567 recreational visits). It is also a 75% increase from October 2019* (171,339 recreational visits) when several short-term, weather-related road closures likely impacted visitation.
Travel to and in Yellowstone National Park not advised due to winter storm
October 25, 2023 | 3:03 pm
Travel to and in Yellowstone National Park is not advised due to a significant winter storm.
Most entrances and roads in Yellowstone National Park will be closed Nov. 1
October 24, 2023 | 12:08 pm
The West, South and East entrances and nearly all roads in Yellowstone National Park will be closed to regular vehicle traffic Nov. 1. The park annually closes roads at this time of year to prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Dec. 15. The last day for visitors to drive most park roads will be Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Yellowstone visitation statistics for September 2023
October 18, 2023 | 4:58 pm
ellowstone National Park hosted 838,458 recreation visits in September 2023. This is a 48% increase from September 2022 (567,587 recreational visits) and a 21% increase from September 2019* (693,118 recreational visits). So far in 2023, the park has hosted 4,161,602 recreation visits, up 38% from 2022 (3,005,194 recreation visits), and up 9% from 2019 (3,807,815 recreation visits).
UPDATE: Section of Beartooth Highway (US-212) remains closed; crews to evaluate conditions into the weekend
October 6, 2023 | 4:12 pm
The Beartooth Highway (US-212) between Long Lake barricade, near Top of the World Store, and the Montana/Wyoming state line remains closed due to winter weather conditions.
National Park Service and American Forests partner to restore threatened whitebark pine as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda
September 26, 2023 | 3:07 pm
The National Park Service (NPS) and American Forests have signed a five-year agreement to help return threatened whitebark pine to its range in the western U.S. As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the partnership will support restoration activities in national parks where whitebark pine grows. Initial projects in Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Teton National Parks are part of $44 million in funding from the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate and conservation investment in history.
Yellowstone National Park winter weather advisory: Expected snow may close Sylvan Pass and other roads
September 22, 2023 | 2:52 pm
Visitors to Yellowstone National Park should be aware that winter weather is expected in the park this evening, especially on high elevation passes. Weather can change quickly this time of year in the mountains. The weather forecast for Friday evening, Sept. 22 predicts 90% precipitation with possible 5-9 inches of snow accumulation on Sylvan Pass, located on the East Entrance Road.
Section of Beartooth Highway (US-212) closes temporarily due to winter weather
September 22, 2023 | 11:47 am
The Beartooth Highway (US-212) between Long Lake barricade, near Top of the World Store, and the Montana/Wyoming state line is closed due to winter weather conditions.
UPDATE: Yellowstone National Park extends public comment period for draft Bison Management Environmental Impact Statement until Oct.10
September 21, 2023 | 12:59 pm
Yellowstone National Park released the draft Bison Management Environmental Impact Statement for public comment on Aug. 10. The public comment period, originally scheduled to close Sept. 25, has been extended by 15 additional days to allow the public a full 60 days to comment. All comments must be received by Oct.10, 2023.