(Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.) – In honor of all past and current members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the National Park Service is waiving all entrance fees during the Veteran’s Day weekend, November 9-11. Free admission is offered to all visitors, not just to veterans or military personnel.
The road from the park’s North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction, the Lamar Valley and the Northeast Entrance to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year. All other park roads and entrances closed for the season Monday morning, November 4.
The National Park Service provides active duty members of the military and their dependents with an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. The passes provides entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and many other Federal lands – more than 2,000 in all. The passes can be acquired at Yellowstone or any national park that charges an entrance fee. Information about all national park passes is available at www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.
Yellowstone has a long and proud association with our nation’s military. After struggling for years with limited staff and budget in an effort to thwart souvenir hunters and poachers in Yellowstone’s early years, the U.S. Army was called upon to protect the park in 1886.
During the 32 years the U.S. Army was present in the park, it set the tone for conservation and protection of special places like Yellowstone which still guides 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 historic 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 fort all year long.
Additional information on the military era and on Fort Yellowstone can be found online at http://www.nps.gov/yell/