Yellowstone to Open Entrances Late

Yellowstone to Open Entrances Late

Sequester hits home

Yellowstone National Park will delay opening its four entrances and leave positions unfilled in order to make up $1.75 million in cuts from the sequester. In a news conference on Monday, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said that the park could save almost a tenth of the necessary cash by not plowing roads until a week later in the season. "We spend more than $30,000 a day plowing roads," he said. "If we can save five days because we've let the energy of the sun soften the snow, more efficient plowing, we can save more than $150,000.

One unusual side benefit of the closures may be to boost bicycle use in Yellowstone. During the gap between snowmobile season, which ends in mid-March, and the opening of the roads in mid-April, bicycles are the only wheeled vehicles that visitors can bring into the park; this year's late opening will extend the car-free season.

Via Bozeman Daily Chronicle