Canyon housing schematic

Outlined in this schematic are RV pads and modular homes Yellowstone National Park is proposing concessionaires build in an abandoned camping loop at Canyon.

Forty-five new seasonal residences have now officially been proposed at Canyon and in West Yellowstone.

The buildings, a combination of RVs and trailer-style homes, would be occupied by employees of Yellowstone National Park concessionaires Xanterra and Delaware North. Those private businesses would pay for the project. Yellowstone officials first pitched the project through the “scoping” phase in February, and this week released a environmental assessment that makes the plans official.

“Additional housing is needed because concessions staffing levels have increased to accommodate growing visitor use and expanded visitor services,” Yellowstone officials wrote in the planning document. “ However, housing supply has not expanded commensurate with staffing levels. Some housing is available in gateway communities, but distances to places of work make daily commuting impractical, especially for employees in the park’s interior.”

Some 25 RV pads in the West Yellowstone area would encircle an existing warehouse in a government building area south of the entrance gate, and would be occupied by general store employees. The Canyon portion of the project would alleviate overcrowded dormitories used by lodging employees by adding up to 15 RV pads and the six homes to an abandoned camping loop.

Documents and a comment form related to Yellowstone’s plan are posted at ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/concessionshousing. Comments are due by June 14.

Construction is slated to occur this year. 

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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