On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park would be open to the public from 12 noon next Monday, but some trails and roads would remain closed,media reported. The U.S. National Park Service says Yellowstone will implement a three-phase plan.
They will first open the southern and eastern entrances in Wyoming, allowing only visitors to enter the lower part of the park — including Lake Village, Canyon Village, Norris, Old Faithful, West Thumb and Grant Village. Toilets, self-service gas stations, walkways and boardwalks will also be open in these places.
The second phase will open campsites, field permits, visitor cabins, gas shops, expanded travel, takeaway food services, boating, fishing and visitor centres, although no date has been determined. The third phase will include the reopening of hotels, full-service catering, commercial tour buses and ranger projects.
Entrances to northern, western and northeastern Montana will remain closed.
Plans for the reopening of Grand Teton National Park have not yet been announced, but Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said the park will also be reopened in stages.