Yellowstone, Teton parks shut down

Thursday, March 26, 2020

On Tuesday Yellowstone National Park announced the immediate closure of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks until further notice due to health concerns.

According to a statement made by the park service, state highways and roads that cross park or state boundaries and “facilities that support life safety and commerce will remain open.”

Last week health officials in Park and Gallatin counties requested the immediate, but temporary, closure of Yellowstone National Park in response to the spread of COVID-19, and the Park Service listened.

Matt Kelley, the health officer with the Gallatin City-County Health Department, and Park County Health Officer Dr. Laurel Desnick each sent letters to U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Barnhardt and Cam Sholly, superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. Sholly did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

“The National Park Service listened to the concerns from our local partners and, based on current health guidance, temporarily closed the parks,” said Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly and Grand Teton Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail in the official Park Service statement.

The Park hasn’t officially shutdown all parks nationwide, but they have been slowly closing more and more parks across the country, including Rocky Mountain and Yosemite.

Yellowstone, the sixth most popular national park, with four million visitors each year. Grand Teton is the eighth most popular park, with 3.4 million visitors last year.