Yellowstone National Park officials are seeking public input on a proposal that would allow park concessionaires to develop seasonal housing for their employees at Canyon Village and the West …
Yellowstone National Park officials are seeking public input on a proposal that would allow park concessionaires to develop seasonal housing for their employees at Canyon Village and the West Entrance. The concessionaires, Xanterra and Delaware North, would pay for the project.
With the proposal currently under consideration, an abandoned camper loop at the Canyon Campground would be redeveloped and modified to house Canyon Lodge and Cabins (operated by Xanterra) employees. A combination of up to 14 RV sites and six modular homes would be integrated into the camper loop, and existing comfort stations would be rehabilitated to provide shower and laundry facilities. Additionally, this proposal would involve constructing up to 25 RV sites and a bathhouse adjacent to the Yellowstone General Stores warehouse (operated by Delaware North) at the West Entrance.
The Environmental Assessment for the proposed project, now up for public comment, evaluated two alternatives: doing nothing or adopting the proposal. The document generally concludes that the work — which will disturb 2.3 acres at Canyon Village and 1.5 acres near the West Entrance — would have minimal impacts on the park’s resources and visitors.
Yellowstone officials say they may consider a half-dozen other projects in the future. At Canyon, they foresee replacing or renovating a 50-room dormitory, building a 60- to 80-room dormitory to replace one that was recently demolished, expanding the Canyon General Store’s bathrooms, building a new pub and recreation hall for park workers at Canyon and adding four cabins and a bathhouse for wranglers. Park officials say “obsolete” government housing also needs to be replaced at both Canyon and the West Entrance.
Comments must be received by June 14. They may be submitted online at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/concessionshousing, by hand-delivery or by mail.