By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The largest vendor in Yellowstone National Park will now require visitors to wear face coverings while in its facilities.
In an announcement shared on the Yellowstone National Park Lodges website Thursday, Xanterra Travel Collection said that as part of its commitment to provide a safe environment for employees and customers, a decision had been made to require all visitors to wear face coverings while in the indoor public areas of its facilities and in outdoor areas where proper social distancing isn’t possible.
These areas include lobbies, hallways, gift shops, restaurants, offices, indoor/outdoor lines and sightseeing vehicles and boats.
Xanterra is a privately-owned park and resort management company based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.
At this time, only Xanterra cabins with private baths are open at Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Old Faithful Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Lake Lodge and Canyon Lodge. A limited number of rooms at Lake Hotel are now open, with Canyon Lodge, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hotel being scheduled for opening later this month.
Old Faithful Inn, Grant Village and Roosevelt Lodge are currently closed, but may reopen this year if conditions allow.
Xanterra’s open campgrounds are Madison, Bridge Bay, Grant Village and Canyon. Due to public health guidelines, campground shower facilities aren’t open until further notice.
Fishing Bridge RV Park will stay closed through the fall of 2021.
Many of the Xanterra restaurants in the park are open for take-out, but none will offer dining room seating at this time.
The in-park tours and activities still available are bike rentals at Old Faithful, horseback rides at Canyon Lodge and charter fishing, sightseeing trips and boat rentals on Yellowstone Lake. Road-based tours, Scenicruise tours, Stagecoach rides and the Old West Cookout aren’t being offered.