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The National Park Service said Yellowstone had a three-phase plan to first open the south and east entrances to Wyoming so that visitors could only get to the lower end of the park, Lake Village, Canyon Village, Norris, Old Faithful, West Thumb and Grant Village. The toilets, self-service petrol stations, hiking trails and promenades are open at these locations.
In phase 2, campsites, hinterland permits, visitor cabins, additional shops, extended tours, take-away service, boating, fishing and visitor centers will be opened, the timing of which has yet to be determined. Phase 3 includes the reopening of hotels, full service restaurants, commercial tour buses and ranger programs.
The Montana entrances to the north, west and northeast remain closed.
The grand teton’s opening schedule was not immediately available, but Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said it will reopen in phases.
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