Road to Lamar still closed

A section of the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction in Yellowstone National Park remained closed Monday after a large slide blocked travel with rocks and debris over the weekend.

The slide blocks access to Lamar Valley from the rest of the park. The slide occurred on Saturday about eight miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs, just east of the entrance to Blacktail Plateau Drive, according to a press release from the park.

While enough debris has been cleared to allow for emergency travel, park managers remain concerned about several car-size boulders perched atop unstable material at the base of the slope, the release stated.

Plows and personnel are being pulled from Beartooth Highway to clear snow from the road from Tower Junction over Dunraven Pass to Canyon Village. Weather and avalanche conditions permitting, that road could be open to travel by next weekend, the park press release stated.

In the meantime, visitors can still access the area via Cody and Cooke City, Mont.

The section of road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Tower Junction will likely remain closed for several days, park officials say. Information on park road conditions is available 24 hours a day at 307-344-2117.

May 30th, 2011 | Posted in Travel
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