Posted: Jan 15, 2013 1:46 PM
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - Admission to Yellowstone National Park is free Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., federal holiday.
The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on 11 days in 2013 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy everything the parks have to offer.
Other fee free dates for 2013 are:
• April 22 to 26 for National Park Week
• August 25 for the National Park Service birthday
• September 28 for National Public Lands Day
• November 9 to 11 for Veterans Day holiday weekend
Yellowstone reminds people that access to the interior of Yellowstone during the winter months is restricted to guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips from the North, West, South and East entrances. 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.
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.
At Mammoth Hot Springs, the hotel, dining room and gift shop, Yellowstone General Store, medical clinic, campground, post office, and the Albright Visitor Center are open all year. Fuel is available from 24-hour gasoline pumps all year at both Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction.