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A crowd watches a grizzly from a safe distance in Yellowstone National Park.

As autumn takes a quiet hold on the Greater Yellowstone and Big Sky embraces the shoulder season, so too do operations slow in our nation’s first national park, according to Big Sky.

So far in 2019, Yellowstone has seen just over 3.1 million visitors. While this is down a 1/2% from last year, it’s up from 2.7 million visits in 2014.

Throughout September and October, the National Park Service and concessionaires begin drawing the shutters, closing down campgrounds and facilities in preparation for the winter season.

Lewis Lake Campground remains open through the end of October, but by the first week of November nearly all services shut down and park roads close to wheeled vehicles except the road from Gardiner to Cooke City.

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