One of the most beautiful times of year for a visit is also the most affordable
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (May 2, 2011) – The sun peeks through, inviting the moist green grass to erupt through the dwindling snow. Fresh off a long winter’s nap, a bear stretches – letting off a tired sigh – while migratory birds whistle overhead. In the distance, newborn bison frolic in the meadow, and onlooking elk calves huddle cautiously around their mother.

Springtime in Yellowstone National Park is truly a magnificent – and often underwitnessed – experience.
“It’s a more intimate experience with the park and, surprisingly, it’s a quiet time of year in terms of visitors,” said Derek Zwickey, Yellowstone regional general manager for Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts.

“Spring is a time where you can see the remnant of winter while enjoying the renewal of sunny, warm days. The contrast of the open meadows with snow-covered mountains makes for a spectacular sight. It’s a great time to come to Yellowstone,” Zwickey said.

Delaware North owns and operates three hotels in West Yellowstone, Mont., the convenient western gateway to the park and closest to Old Faithful and the lower geyser basin. Delaware North also operates 12 stores in the park for the National Park Service.

All three hotels – the Yellowstone Park Hotel, Gray Wolf Inns & Suites, and Holiday Inn West Yellowstone – are offering a variety of spring packages through June with discounts of up to 50 percent off summer rates:

Picnic in the Park Package
This package for any of the three hotels treats couples or the family to a picnic-style fried chicken delight for their treks in the park – complete with salads, biscuits and honey-butter, and choice of bottled water or soda. It’s all packed with our eco-friendly picnic pack in a keepsake cooler.

Yellowstone IMAX Family Package
“Yellowstone” at the Yellowstone IMAX® Theatre is a must-see before you begin your journey into the park. The IMAX® Family Package includes lodging at one of the three hotels and tickets for two adults and two children (age 12 and under).

Bed, Breakfast & Bears
This family package for two adults and two children (12 years of age and under) includes lodging at one of the hotels, breakfast, and two-day admission to the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center.

Cycling Yellowstone Package
This package, available only for guests of the Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, is for cycling enthusiasts of all abilities and preferences who want to spend a great day on the roads and trails inside or outside of Yellowstone. The Cycling Yellowstone Package includes lodging, a Yellowstone elevation backpack equipped with two stainless steel water bottles, lunch to go for two, and an area cycling guide. You can bring your bicycle or rent one while you're at the park.

For a full list of promotions and details, visit: http://www.visityellowstonepark.com/Spring-Packages.aspx.
Delaware North’s Top Five Reasons to Visit Yellowstone in the spring (May – June):

• Spring is the time of year when newborn baby bison enter the world – amazing to watch!

• Bears are emerging from their dens after a long winter nap.

• Like clockwork, many migratory birds return or fly over Yellowstone National Park each spring en route to their breeding areas. 

• Avoid the masses. This is the time of year when you can own the park – fewer crowds and easy access to the sights. You will still have to wait for Old Faithful – the cone geyser – to erupt, but the experience will be that much sweeter with a smaller crowd.

• Spring wildflowers begin to bloom in the lower elevations, which makes for an amazing contrast of snow-capped mountains and flower-filled valleys.
About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is a leading hospitality provider in Special PlacesSM, with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel; The Queen Mary in Long Beach; and soon, LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.


Glen White
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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