Hot spring weather forces closures at Yellowstone National Park

Out in Yellowstone National Park, it’s unseasonably warm. Late spring temperatures have prompted park managers to cancel some hiking and biking days. And the surprising summer weather continues. The park also set attendance records…

Hot spring weather forces closures at Yellowstone National Park

Out in Yellowstone National Park, it’s unseasonably warm.

Late spring temperatures have prompted park managers to cancel some hiking and biking days. And the surprising summer weather continues.

The park also set attendance records for April and May in 2018.

“May 2018 is the closest thing to a summer we have had so far,” Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk told reporters, referring to 2018.

August 2010 made a brief run at taking the lead spot in terms of record attendance, but the park quickly erased that following the impacts of the 2013 Grand Canyon Fires.

Seasonal visitors have it difficult to see the impact of the changing weather.

“People feel good that we are still open and we are seeing fewer closures, but really I want to see that my team is not having to do the same thing that we did in 2010, where we were shutting down every day we could. That is what I am hoping for,” Wenk told reporters.

Average daily visitation is down 3 percent this year, and several closure days forced visitors to make the long drive to another national park. In 2018, record April visitation fell on an intrude snowpack. Wenk described it as “some of the worst weather conditions since I have been here.”

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