WINTER TRAVEL -- Winter travel into Yellowstone National Park opened today thanks to recent snow storms that have layered enough snow on roads to unleash the snow coaches.
Winter transportation gives outdoors lovers access to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife watching in areas such as Old Faithful.
I'm particularly fond of Yellowstone's winter backcountry.
The road across the north end of the park from Gardiner to Cooke City, Montana, is the only main park thoroughfare plowed year-round for wheeled traffic.
Visitors are being allowed to travel the park’s interior roads from the North, West and South entrances on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin Dec. 22, according to the Billings Gazette.
Visitors with appropriate permits can also participate in the Noncommercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program.
The Geyser Grill, Bear Den Gift Shop and the Old Faithful Visitor Education Center also have opened for the season.