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Buzzing through Yellowstone

Blake Treanor and Olivia Juntunen cruise past Lewis River on Feb. 25, 2016 while on a self-guided snowmobiling tour in Yellowstone National Park.

JACKSON (WNE) — Roads and nongovernment facilities in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks will remain accessible through the federal government shutdown that, for now, has no end in sight.

Teton park rangers sent word over the weekend that visitors will be able to access the park and winter destinations like Teton Park Road, though no visitor services will be available.

“Visitors will be able to access Grand Teton National Park, but should plan ahead and use caution as park staff will not be available to provide guidance or assistance,” Deputy Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said in a statement.

Entrance stations will not be staffed at Moose, Moran and Moose-Wilson Road, as well as the park’s website and social media sites will not be maintained throughout the shutdown. Grooming of Teton Park Road will continue twice a week because it’s funded by the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

Access through Teton park to Yellowstone’s South Entrance will continue, as will the commercial services available at Flagg Ranch’s Headwaters Lodge.

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In Yellowstone, government-owned facilities are closed and gates will not be staffed, though the park’s winter routes remain open.

Concessionaire-run commercial services at Old Faithful are unaffected by the closure, and road grooming will continue, enabling easy access to those areas.

Both guided snowmobile and snowcoach trips and private snowmobiling trips will continue to be allowed, though all regulations remain in place. People who try to “poach” Yellowstone on snowmobiles could face prosecution, and law enforcement rangers will patrol throughout the closure.

Devils Tower National Monument will also remain accessible during the shutdown, but there are no park staff on site and all buildings and bathrooms are closed. 

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