Yellowstone National Park's 1988 tourism season has begun, with the opening of the Old Faithful Inn and dining room.
Park spokeswoman Amy Vanderbilt said so far no other lodging is available in the park, but Hamilton's stores and photo shops are open at Mammoth Hot Springs, Old Faithful, Canyon and West Thumb.Vanderbilt said all park entrances and roads are open, with the exception of Craig Pass from West Thumb to Old Faithful; Dunrazen from Canyon to Tower; and the Beartooth Highway northeast of the park.
Campgrounds are open at Mammoth Hot Springs and Madison, and the visitor centers at Mammoth Hot Springs and Old Faithful are also open.
However, she noted that snowy weather is still hanging on in some parts of the park, and snow tires or chains may be required after spring snowstorms.
Meanwhile, a Cody company has been awarded a contract of about $1.3 million for rehabilitation work on the park's Lake Hotel this summer.
Park spokesman Steve Iobst said construction is scheduled to begin about the middle of this month and will include painting, reroofing, repairs to the historic mill work and installation of a second elevator.
The project is one of many undertaken in recent years to upgrade park structures.
While some of those projects have been joint efforts of the National Park Service and TW Recreational Services, the park's concessionaire, the Lake Hotel job will be funded entirely by the Park Service.
Most of the rehabilitation is expected to be done by this fall, but Iobst said some of the project may have to be carried over to next summer.