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Celebrating History and Culture
A full slate of history programs are planned for the 2022 Green River Rendezvous at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale July 7-10th.
• American Mountain Men Living History Camp – The AMM will attend in full force with a living history camp and 13 hours of programs. Don’t miss Campfire Stories & Songs on Saturday evening at 8pm.
• Plains Indians by Bad Hand – Bad Hand will return with more information about the lives and history of the pre-reservation Plains Indian culture. He will have programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Native American Crafts – (Children’s Programs) – Dan & Lapita Frewin will have Native American craft projects for the youngsters on Friday and Saturday.
• Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Journal Forum - All of the authors of articles in the 2022 Journal will be on hand to talk about their papers. All Forum presentations will be streamed live for remote viewers.
Auto Tour- The Hoback Canyon in Fur Trade History, Thursday, 10am. Following the Hoback River provided travelers a way to cross between the Green and Snake Rivers. Named for John Hoback, a Kentuckian who trapped the region as early as 1810, the Hoback and its canyon are frequently mentioned in period diaries. This tour explores numerous sites along the river that played a role in early fur trade history.
6th Annual Western Art & Wine Auction, Thursday, July 7, 6:30pm
The 6th Western Art & Wine Auction will be held Thursday night to kick off rendezvous at the Museum. Those who cannot attend can still participate via absentee and call-in bids. Add to your collection or find the perfect gift - you can chose from limited edition prints, original art pieces, jewelry and even a replica beaver trap! Visit www.MMMauctions.com to download this year’s art catalog, get updates, and bid in the online silent auction.
• Journal Reception & Movie Night Friday 6:30pm – We will be recognizing Journal authors on Friday evening at 6:30pm and there will be an opportunity to have the authors sign Journals. Movie night will begin at 7pm followed by a panel discussion of fur trade experts. This year's feature is "Into the Wild Frontier: Thomas Fitzpatrick" with panel discussion by historian featured in the documentary.
Through generous support of our sponsors, all rendezvous programs at the Museum are presented free of charge.Complete Rendezvous Schedule
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Yellowstone National Park
To: All Employees, Partners, News Media
From: Strategic Communications, Office of the Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
Updated: 06/14/2022 6:42 p.m.
Northern portion of Yellowstone National Park likely to remain closed for a substantial length of time due to severelydamaged, impacted infrastructure Visitors traveling to park in coming weeks must stay informed about current situation, road and weather conditions
• Aerial assessments conducted Monday, June 13, by Yellowstone National Park show major damage to multiple sections of road between the North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana), Mammoth Hot Springs, Lamar Valley and Cooke City, Montana, near the Northeast Entrance.
• Many sections of road in these areas are completely gone and will require substantial time and effort to reconstruct.
• The National Park Service will make every effort to repair these roads as soon as possible; however, it is probable that road sections in northern Yellowstone will not reopen this season due to the time required for repairs.
• To prevent visitors from being stranded in the park if conditions worsen, the park in coordination with Yellowstone National Park Lodges made the decision to have all visitors move out of overnight accommodations (lodging and campgrounds) and exit the park.
• All entrances to Yellowstone National Park remain temporarily CLOSED while the park waits for flood waters to recede and can conduct evaluations on roads, bridges and wastewater treatment facilities to ensure visitor and employee safety.
• There will be no inbound visitor traffic at any of the five entrances into the park, including visitors with lodging and camping reservations, until conditions improve and park infrastructure is evaluated.
• The park’s southern loop appears to be less impacted than the northern roads and teams will assess damage to determine when opening of the southern loop is feasible. This closure will extend minimally through next weekend.
• Due to the northern loop being unavailable for visitors, the park is analyzing how many visitors can safely visit the southern loop once it’s safe to reopen. This will likely mean implementation of some type of temporary reservation system to prevent gridlock and reduce impacts on park infrastructure.
• At this time, there are no known injuries nor deaths to have occurred in the park as a result of the unprecedented flooding.
• Effective immediately, Yellowstone’s backcountry is temporarily closed while crews assist campers (five known groups in the northern range) and assess damage to backcountry campsites, trails and bridges.
• The National Park Service, surrounding counties and states of Montana and Wyoming are working with the park’s gateway communities to evaluate flooding impacts and provide immediate support to residents and visitors.
• Water levels are expected to recede today in the afternoon; however, additional flood events are possible through this weekend.
Known damage and issues
• Known damage (at this time) to some park roads includes:
- North Entrance (Gardiner, Montana) to Mammoth Hot Springs: road washed out in multiple places, significant rockslide at Gardner Canyon
- Tower Junction to Northeast Entrance: segment of road washed out near Soda Butte Picnic Area, mudslides, downed trees
- Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass): mudslide on road
- Canyon Junction to Fishing Bridge: Segment of road just south of Canyon Junction potentially compromised and closed for evaluation
• The power continues to be out in multiple locations in the park.
• Water and wastewater systems at Canyon Village and Mammoth Hot Springs are being impacted by flooding conditions and are being monitored.
• Visitors planning to travel to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should stay informed about the current situation and pay close attention to the status of road and weather conditions.
• Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone.
To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.
• Find news releases about the incident on the park’s website.
• Find photos on Flickr of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park.
• Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available
Yellowstone National Park update, Monday, June 13, 2022, 2:00PM: The National Park Service has temporarily closed all entrance roads into the Park to all recreational use due to public safety risks caused by extremely high water levels, flooding, mud and rock slides, washed out bridges, impassible roads, and extremely hazardous conditions. Power is out at many locations in the park. Effective immediately, no inbound visitor traffic will be allowed into the park until conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges and other facilities. This includes visitors with lodging and camping reservations. Visitors currently in the park are being evacuated. Rainfall is expected to continue for the next several days. Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are beyond record levels.
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Statement from superintendent Cam Sholly about all entrances in Yellowstone National Park closed temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions
Yellowstone National Park, June 13, 2022
"Due to record flooding events in the park and more precipitation in the forecast, we have made the decision to close Yellowstone to all inbound visitation," said superintendent Cam Sholly. "Our first priority has been to evacuate the northern section of the park where we have multiple road and bridge failures, mudslides and other issues. The community of Gardiner is currently isolated, and we are working with the county and State of Montana to provide necessary support to residents, who are currently without water and power in some areas. Due to predictions of higher flood levels in areas of the park’s southern loop, in addition to concerns with water and wastewater systems, we will begin to move visitors in the southern loop out of the park later today in coordination with our in-park business partners. We will not know timing of the park’s reopening until flood waters subside and we're able to assess the damage throughout the park. It is likely that the northern loop will be closed for a substantial amount of time. I appreciate the efforts of the Yellowstone team and partners to safely evacuate areas of the park and of our gateway community partners who are helping us through this major event. We appreciate the support offered by the Department of Interior, National Park Service and the Montana and Wyoming governors."
All entrances to Yellowstone National Park CLOSED temporarily due to heavy flooding, rockslides, extremely hazardous conditions
Yellowstone National Park media release, June 13, 2022Stay informed about road status and weather conditions
• Effective immediately, all entrances to Yellowstone National Park are temporarily CLOSED due to substantial flooding, rockslides and mudslides on roadways from recent unprecedented amounts of rainfall and flooding.
• Effective immediately, no inbound visitor traffic will be allowed into the park until conditions stabilize and the park can assess damage to roads and bridges and other facilities. This includes visitors with lodging and camping reservations.
• Closed entrances include:
• The power is out in multiple locations in the park.
• Visitors planning on coming to Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks should pay close attention to the status of road conditions.
• Many park roads may remain closed for an extended period of time.
• Preliminary assessments show multiple sections of roads throughout the park have been either washed out or covered in mud or rocks, and multiple bridges may be affected.
• Multiple roads in the southern portion of the park are also on the verge of being flooded, further restricting access.
• With additional rainfall forecasted, the park does not want large numbers of day-use visitors stranded in the park.
• Strains on wastewater and water treatment facilities could become a factor and the park is taking precautions to ensure facilities are not failing.
• The National Park Service, surrounding counties and state of Montana and Wyoming will work with the gateway communities to evaluate flooding impacts and provide support to residents.
• Rainfall is expected to continue for the next several days. Flood levels measured on the Yellowstone River are beyond record levels.
• Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:
o Visit Park Roads.
o To receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone, text "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
o Call (307) 344-2117 for a recorded message.
• Find photos on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/yellowstonenps/albums/72157668680150793) of this extremely hazardous situation in Yellowstone National Park.
• Yellowstone will continue to communicate about this hazardous situation as more information is available.
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