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406 Forum: Limiting Yellowstone National Park Access

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Last year, a record 4.1 million people visited Yellowstone National Park, resulting in two-hour waits at the West Yellowstone entrance during peak season. Even more visitors are expected this year, the centennial of the National Park Service. Already this season, a number of unfortunate human-wildlife interactions and other questionable visitor choices have been reported.

Should visitation in the park be limited or otherwise restricted?









Colette Hatlee, Big Sky

“Maybe there should be more tour buses instead of just cars. People are more contained in tour buses.

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Dave House, Big Sky

“Something has to be done. I don’t know what it is. Years ago, there was a study done on a railroad through the park … Zion National Park has one and it’s very effective. I believe Yosemite has instituted one as well. It’s too bad we can’t hand-pick our tourists.”









Trish Loomis, Big Sky

“I say don’t limit it, go for it…Maybe you should be able to make a reservation ahead of time. You don’t want animals to be injured like with the people who picked up the baby bison.”









Linda Meade, Big Sky

“I’m torn because I think if you come so far you should be able to go in…Maybe [restrict entry or require reservations] just during the peak season. But it’s not the peak season and silly stuff is still happening.”

Joseph T. O'Connor is the previous Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine.

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