Celebrate Safely in Yellowstone

Written by on July 3, 2019

The 4th of July isn’t just a one-day event.

Celebrations are planned all week here in Cody and around the country – and those celebrations don’t stop at the border of Yellowstone National Park. But Park officials want visitors to know about some key tips for celebrating Independence Day at Yellowstone.

Those tips include leaving fireworks at home, as they are not allowed in Yellowstone; and planning ahead, because campgrounds, lodges, and parking lots fill early. It’s important to pack your patience, and drive defensively and cautiously, allowing for extra time to get from one place to another.

Visitors are reminded that campfires are only allowed in designated fire rings in the 11 developed campgrounds and most backcountry campsites. Campfires must be extinguished and cold to the touch after use.

Additionally, be sure to give wildlife space. Stay 100 yards from bears and wolves and 25 yards from all other animals. Carry bear spray and know how to use it.

And finally, practice safe selfies. Be aware of your surroundings whether near wildlife, thermal areas, roads, or steep cliffs.

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