Cody, Wy – A group of state and federal officials has
agreed to recommend that the National Park Service keep Sylvan Pass
open during the winter to provide an entry into Yellowstone National Park.
The regional director of the National Park Service issued a
decision late last year that the federal agency would stop winter
maintenance of the pass. The pass leads to the east entrance of
Yellowstone National Park and rises to an elevation of 8,530 feet.
The Park Service had proposed closing the pass in the winter to
motorized vehicles because of avalanche danger. Residents and
business interests outside the east entrance protested, saying the
closure would choke off their winter recreation and economy.