Some Services Return to Yellowstone
Written by Andrew-Rossi on January 14, 2019
The Federal Government has ordered some basic services returned to Yellowstone National Park, despite the shutdown.
As of yesterday, January 13th, Park Service staff is now collecting trash and cleaning bathrooms across the park – although in a news release, the Park Service expressed their appreciation for park concessioners, partners, and local community groups who have performed these services since December 22nd.
Staff will also return to the entrance stations, except the Northeast, along with the Madison Warming Hut, to provide safety information for visitors. However, fees will not be collected at the entrance stations. Additionally, Park Staff will be removing snow at Canyon overlooks to provide better visitor access and improve safety.
These additional basic services will be funded by the park’s recreation fee revenue as outlined in the recent statement by NPS Deputy Director, P. Daniel Smith. While basic visitor services have been restored, other services and facilities, including visitor centers, remain closed.
The park will continue to provide services that have been in effect since the shutdown began. However, if conditions become unsafe at any time, roads and/or developed areas in the park may be closed.