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Celebrate National Park Week (April 15-23) in Yellowstone!

National Park Week starts tomorrow—so why not celebrate in Yellowstone National Park!

April 15 through 23, visitors are encouraged to come to Yellowstone and enjoy the impending spring. According to a Yellowstone press release, admission will be free the weekends of April 15-16 and April 22-23.

April 15 also Junior Ranger Day; children aged four years and up, as well as their parents, are encouraged to attend and participate in the Junior Ranger program. Junior Ranger books are available at all Yellowstone visitor centers for $3. Participants who successfully complete the program will receive badges honoring their effort.

As a reminder, the only road open year-round in Yellowstone National Park runs between the North and Northeast Entrances. Currently, cyclists can travel between the West and North Entrances.

However, select roads are slated to open April 21—just in time for the second free weekend of National Park Week! From the Yellowstone press release:

Beginning April 21, select roads will open to wheeled vehicles. Those include:

• Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris to Madison to Old Faithful

• Madison to West Entrance

• Norris to Canyon Village

Beginning April 21, Visitor Center hours include:

• Canyon Visitor Education Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Old Faithful Visitor Education Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors are reminded to obey all Park speed limits—especially in spring, when the weather can be more unpredictable than usual. In addition, visitors should give wide berth to wildlife, especially bison, as we’ve entered the birthing season. Expect more than a few red dogs trotting with their parents across Yellowstone National Park!

About Sean Reichard

Sean Reichard is the editor of Yellowstone Insider and author of Yellowstone Insider For Families 2017.

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