Yellowstone South Gate Now Open

The South Entrance to Yellowstone National Park opened Friday and now nearly all park roads are open to auto traffic for the season.

Federal budget cuts had threatened to delay the opening by up to two weeks. The budget cuts took effect March 1. Yellowstone officials delayed plowing to save money. The decision worried many business owners, including Geyser Kayak Tours.

Businesses and the towns of Jackson and Cody, Wyoming, raised $171,000 to hire Wyoming Department of Transportation crews to help with plowing. The effort enabled all park entrances to open on time.

Only the route over Dunraven Pass remains to be plowed. That section of road is scheduled to open May 24.