Photo by Felix Lipov/Shutterstock.
Photo by Felix Lipov/Shutterstock.
(Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.) – Yellowstone National Park is joining all National Park Service (NPS) sites across the nation in waiving admission fees fromFebruary 15-17, in observance of the Presidents’ Day Weekend federal holiday.
No matter how you choose to enter the park – by car, RV, bus, or on a guided snowmobile or snowcoach trip – admission to the park will be free for three days starting this Saturday.
The NPS is waiving entrance fees on five more days in 2014 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites national parks have to offer.
Other fee free dates for 2014 are:
• April 19-20 for the opening weekend of National Park Week
• August 25 for the National Park Service’s 98th birthday
• September 27 for National Public Lands Day
• November 11 in honor of Veterans Day
The road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through Mammoth Hot Springs on to Cooke City, Montana, outside the park’s Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled vehicle travel all year.   Access to the interior of Yellowstone and iconic locations like Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South, and East entrances during the winter months.
At Old Faithful, the Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins and the dining room, the Geyser Grill, the Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center are all open for the winter season.  At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop are open for the winter season.  The Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, and the Visitor Center are open all year.   Fuel is available from 24-hour gasoline pumps all year at both Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.
A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $25 for a private, non-commercial vehicle. More information is available at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm and http://www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.