I wasn't assigned to Roosevelt but I worked for a few seasons at a job that involved traveling to all of Yellowstone's sites. Roosevelt was a favorite of mine. The facility opens later in season than most and it closes down sooner. My cell phone (Verizon) didn't work well there and the facility often loses telephone service during storms. It is smaller than most locations and it's easier to get to know most of the co-workers. It can become pretty intense during the peak season but it is very idyllic at other times. Great opportunities to hike and see wildlife (especially good for bears). Nearby Tower Falls is one of the most beautiful sites in the park. The Lamar Valley is a short distance away. It's a rustic place. Sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch of the lodge on a quiet evening is priceless. Enjoy your stay.
Just to let "Xanterra" people know if you plan on eating at the EDR at Roosevelt, you need to call ahead, and let the kitchen know.
This happened to me and several others, after being out all day fishing we stopped by the EDR there to have dinner, and were turned away. It's a real strict rule they have.
Do to the lack of employee's they only make a certain amount in the EDR.
It's ether wait in line with the other guest's, or go back to your own EDR. We went to Gardiner and had Pizza, and ice cream for desert. :o)
All the other EDR's are fine with you showing up, just make sure you show your Xanterra I.D.'s.
Ahem...Here comes a blast from the past...I worked at Roosevelt during summer breaks of 1965 and 66 from the U of Oregon (yep, that was 65-66 - do the math). Kitchen/dining room/bar/occasional laundry truck driver. Also the Tower/Roosevelt correspondent for the employee newspaper. I've visited there a number of times since (many trips with family to Yellowstone including x-country skiing in the winter). Oddly, the lodge and environs haven't changed a whole lot since that time - the primitive cabins with wood stoves (we used to see how red hot we could stoke them with presto logs for laughs - lucky we didn't burn anything down - I did have a guitar explode into flames on me once). I lived in a cabin directly behind the lodge which was dubbed the "Animal House". The wranglers back then were the 'real deal,' cowboys who came in for the summer and they actually drove horses down from Montana. Pretty salty characters - a couple of them drank whiskey by the quart. That was when they still had garbage dumps in locations throughout the park - drove down there late at night and watch the grizzleys fight over garbage (a fairly dangerous and stupid thing to do since I drove a Brit Sunbeam). More bear stories than you can imagine (honest, there weren't any dinosaurs around at the time).... Life was good... some fairly wild parties...after all it was the 60's. Do they still have a summer Christmas party on July or Aug 25th? ("Christmas comes but twice a year - once at home and once up here"). Folk music was a rage at that time. We had some great singers and musicians working at the lodge (I'm an old time banjo player). We would drive up to Gardner Mont. on Sat nights to do our laundry and played music at a coffee house there - what a great time....
...I had to drop back into real life after that - college, Vietnam, career (black belt bureaucrat), family, eventual retirement, yadda yadda - but have never forgotten those great summers at Roosevelt. It was a small location that promoted fast friendships, plus riding horse trails (weekends at Cooke City Mont), partying, hiking and fun. Glad to hear the tradition goes on. Like I said... I've gone back to visit and am amazed how little it has changed (after what...40 years?? Jeez...I can't be that old). Maybe it's a good thing the cell phone reception and internet connections are limited... after all, what could be better than a summer in paradise??
Thanks John Adams. That was an enjoyable post to read.
Back when you were working in Yellowstone, I was in the army doing some of the toughest duty that it has to offer. That is, attending the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey, CA. Studied the Polish language and it wasn't easy.
I visited Yosemite back then. My wife and I did not intend to stay there overnight but we had to due to poor planning. We ended up sleeping on the ground in one army sleeping bag with my dog secured to myself by running my belt through the loop of his leash. In the middle of the night I dreamt that I was sliding down a mountain, bumping over stones and gullies. I awoke to find my dog lunging at a bear that was turning garbage cans over in search of food. He was a large German Shepherd and he was doing a pretty good job of inching us toward the bear. I reeled the dog in and the bear just went back to the garbage can. My wife, the only sensible member of our trio, was frightened beyond words. Foolishly, I was not.
In my defense, I was an nineteen-year-old Pittsburgher whose only knowledge of bears derrived from watching the 1960's Walt Disney TV program "Yellowstone Cubs". Part of the program showed tourists feeding bears from convertable cars, etc. One sequence even showed a female tourist kissing the face of a black bear. In addition, I cultivated my knowledge of bear behavior, by rigorous viewing of Yogi Bear Cartoons. I truely believed that bears welcomed human interaction. (A man whose guitar burst into flames should understand this kind of thing!).
I'm happy that the bears are now able to exist in a more appropriate way and happy as well that Roosevelt has not changed much. I recommend that you, and any others who may wish to review Yellowstone's tourism of the past, try to find a copy of "Yellowstone Cubs". I think that you can get a VHS copy on EBAY. VHS ---- You remember that? Right?
John and Rusty, this plan will keep Roosevelt Lodge the way you remember it :-)
Yellowstone Sets Parameters For Future Changes At Tower-Roosevelt
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2009 09-114
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
Yellowstone Sets Parameters For Future Changes At Tower-Roosevelt
Work has been completed on a plan which places limits on change which might occur in the future in a portion of the northeast section of Yellowstone National Park.
The Tower-Roosevelt Comprehensive Plan Environmental Assessment was released for public review and comment last June.
Changes made in response to comments received were incorporated into a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), which was recently signed, and is now available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/yell.
The plan contains limits which are designed to protect the area’s natural resources, and preserve the historic, rustic nature of the area, which was first developed as a stage stop over one hundred years ago.
It ensures that the Tower-Roosevelt area continues to be a scenic and rustic area where visitors can continue to enjoy horseback rides, and chuck wagon cookouts at Yancey’s Hole. The plan allows for limited growth at the Roosevelt Lodge cabins, and in the National Park Service administrative areas, to better serve visitor needs.
The Tower Fall Store will remain, but could be reduced in size, and the parking area may be redesigned and expanded for safety. The Tower Campground will remain small and rustic, with the possible construction of an additional vault toilet.
Public comment will be solicited in the future in the event that development of either a visitor contact or commercial services facility is proposed for Tower Junction.
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