Free entrance to Yellowstone on Veteranís Day, Nov. 11
by National Park Service
November 9, 2010
The North and Northeast Entrances to Yellowstone National Park will offer free visitor admission on Thursday, November 11, to honor all past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces. All other park entrances and interior roads close at 8 a.m. on Monday morning, November 8.
All entrance fees, including commercial tour entrance fees and transportation entrance fees, will be waived at all National Park Service sites on Veteranís Day. Free admission is offered to all visitors, not just to veterans or military personnel. This annual fee free day was established in 2006.
A seven-day pass to Yellowstone National Park is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.
The road from the parkís North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, the Lamar Valley, and on to Cooke City is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. The roads to the interior of the park close to automobile travel on Monday morning, November 8.
At Mammoth Hot Springs, the Yellowstone General Store, Post Office, medical clinic, campground, and the Albright Visitor Center remain open all year. Pay-at-the-pump fuel is available 24 hours a day all year at the Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction service stations.
Yellowstone has a long and proud association with our nationís military.
After struggling for years with limited staff and budget in an effort to thwart souvenir hunters and poachers, the U.S. Army was called upon in to protect the park in 1886.
During the 32 years the U.S. Army was present in the park, it set a tone for conservation and protection of special places like Yellowstone which still guides the uniformed members of the National Park Service to this day.
Among the most visible reminders of the military presence in the park are the stone and tile roofed structures of Fort Yellowstone in Mammoth Hot Springs, which are still used by the park for administration and residences. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the historic fort all year Ďround.
Additional information on the military era and on Fort Yellowstone can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/historyculture/ftyell.htm. A podcast on the military era and the fort can also be found on the web at http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/insideyellowstone/0003fort-terraces.htm.