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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #90 on: May 20, 2020, 02:53:23 PM »
How does that impact anything? At the moment only the lower loop is open. They want to open the other entrances but MT didn't let - which is changing now. And you can't have the three MT gates open without opening pretty much all the roads as well.
My point was that they can open up from Montana without opening the whole park. It's possible that parts are still closed for the winter.
 The first time I went there was right around this time of year (actually a week or two later IIRC) and it wasn't fully open for the season. I don't remember all the details but the Beartooth highway was definitely still closed. (Yes I know that's not part of the park)

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #91 on: May 20, 2020, 03:06:27 PM »
My point was that they can open up from Montana without opening the whole park. It's possible that parts are still closed for the winter.
 The first time I went there was right around this time of year (actually a week or two later IIRC) and it wasn't fully open for the season. I don't remember all the details but the Beartooth highway was definitely still closed. (Yes I know that's not part of the park)

I see what you mean.

See here with official estimates for road openings - the latest is June 5th (of course this was pre-covid though). Personally, the most important road for me is one that is normally open all winter regardless - from the N entrance to the NE one through the Lamar Valley. As soon as MT opens up I assume this road will officially reopen again.

As far as the Beartooth Highway, that's currently under around 5 feet of snow and being dug out. They expect to have it clear in a few days.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #92 on: May 20, 2020, 04:04:43 PM »
Montana lifting quarantine restrictions on June 1. Yellowstone NP has stated that the reason only the WY entrances to to the park have opened is due to the MT quarantine, so this likely means that all entrances - and, I assume, all roads - will be open by that time.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/coronavirus/gov-bullock-to-address-phase-2-of-reopening
but is there going to be an enforced quarantine on out of state residents?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #93 on: May 20, 2020, 04:08:47 PM »
but is there going to be an enforced quarantine on out of state residents?

No, that's exactly what they're lifting.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #94 on: May 20, 2020, 04:34:06 PM »
No, that's exactly what they're lifting.
At least one national park is not having any transportation, lodging, or concessions, and requires people to be entirely self-sufficient.  So even if you do go, it won't be easy.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #95 on: May 21, 2020, 12:02:55 AM »
Which NP are you referring to?

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #96 on: May 21, 2020, 12:10:15 AM »
As far as the Beartooth Highway, that's currently under around 5 feet of snow and being dug out. They expect to have it clear in a few days.
Wow, never knew. Pretty cool. 

At least one national park is not having any transportation, lodging, or concessions, and requires people to be entirely self-sufficient.  So even if you do go, it won't be easy.
Transportation is a problem if it's a park that has sections that can only be accessed via shuttle bus (e.g. Zion, GC etc.). As for the rest? Big deal. I'd guess most of us don't usually rely on/use those services anyhow. I for one, don't. Though restrooms are helpful ::) .

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #97 on: May 21, 2020, 09:45:02 AM »
Wow, never knew. Pretty cool. 
Transportation is a problem if it's a park that has sections that can only be accessed via shuttle bus (e.g. Zion, GC etc.). As for the rest? Big deal. I'd guess most of us don't usually rely on/use those services anyhow. I for one, don't. Though restrooms are helpful ::) .
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #98 on: May 21, 2020, 01:38:44 PM »
Somewhat concerning that AZ, WY, ID, & FL are seeing a rise in cases .

Don't wanna plan travel only to arrive to new rules in place (though FL [at least officially] still requires quarantine for out-of-state arrivals).

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #99 on: May 21, 2020, 01:51:45 PM »
Transportation/concessions are essential in some NPs, and greatly enhance a visit in others, e.g.,  Biscayne, Channel Islands, Denali, Dry Tortugas, Glacier Bay, Isle Royale, Kenai Fjords, Voyageurs.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #101 on: May 23, 2020, 12:44:40 PM »
Yellowstone. Besides it's beauty and uniqueness, I think Yellowstone is more representative of the entire US than any other national park. Yellowstone is like a mini United States in terms of the ecosystems in the US. With the exception of jungle/tropical and desert ecosystems, pretty much everything else is in Yellowstone.

If you want to see everything the US has to offer when it comes to nature, you can't beat Yellowstone. You can see mountains, valleys, canyons, waterfalls, great planes (which turn into tundra during the winter), rapids, rivers, dense pine forests, lakes and on and on.

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #102 on: May 24, 2020, 11:18:50 AM »
File it together with Hot Springs NP and (nothing personal, @Dan) Cuyahoga Valley NP. Not sure why either of those are deserving of that title.
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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #103 on: May 24, 2020, 01:55:46 PM »
HERE's a list that is updated. There's been good progress, but there's still some pretty states that unfortunately haven't lifted their travel restrictions yet
HERE is a better and more updated list on which states still have travel restrictions. Thankfully most of them have either been rescinded or are unenforceable (e.g. Nevada).

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Re: Which US national parks have you been to? Which was your favorite?
« Reply #104 on: May 25, 2020, 10:51:40 AM »
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