Some question whether the budget discussion in Washington D.C. could ever affect us here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country. Well, it can.
One result of the sequestration was the call for national parks to cut their operating budgets this year. Since Park County is named after the world’s first national park and the East Gate is about 50 miles from downtown Cody, we have been watching developments very closely.
Every winter, Yellowstone closes most of its roads to wheeled vehicles and lets the snow pile up. Visitors get around the park in snowcoaches or snowmobiles. In March after the two winter hotels close, the Park Service begins plowing the roads in preparation of the summer season. That means the road from the East Gate up and over Sylvan Pass into the interior of the park has many miles of deep snow that needs to be cleared.
This year, in order to save money, the Park Service decided to delay plowing for a couple of weeks and let the sun do some of the work so that fewer man hours are spent on this job.
Unfortunately for us, even the smallest delay has the potential for visitors to reroute their trips around our little slice Read More