And just like that, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are closed. In a joint press releases by Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, it was announced that the roads would be closed due to COVID-19 concerns from the gateway communities surrounding the iconic parks. The following, in italics, is a press release directly from both National Parks:
Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are announcing modifications to operations at the request of local county health officers from Park County, WY, Park County, MT, Teton County, WY, and Gallatin County, MT. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective immediately, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are closed to all park visitors until further notice. There will be no visitor access permitted to either park. State highways and/or roads that transcend park/state boundaries and facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open. Both parks will cooperate on the implementation of the closures. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website and social media channels.
“The National Park Service listened to the concerns from our local partners and, based on current health guidance, temporarily closed the parks. We are committed to continued close coordination with our state and local partners as we progress through this closure period and are prepared when the timing is right to reopen as quickly and safely as possible.” ~ Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly and Grand Teton Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail.
The parks encourage people to take advantage of various digital tools available to learn about Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with www.nps.gov/yell and www.nps.gov/grte for specific details about park operations, as well as live webcams, educational materials and virtual tours of your favorite areas.
For those who are reading between the lines, it appears as if the road from Gardiner, Montana to Cooke City, Montana will remain open. A call to Yellowstone Forever was answered, and we were told that the road is open, but only for essential travel. Park Rangers may be enforcing this. An email to verify this information was sent and a call as placed to Yellowstone’s public affairs officer Morgan Warthin, but the email or call has not been returned. We will update this post as soon as we hear back.
PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE PARKS.
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