Bozeman visitors will now know as soon as they step out of the airport’s gates that this is the gateway to Yellowstone National Park.
An interactive exhibit showcasing the world’s first national park will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Monday at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.
Dubbed “Destination Yellowstone,” the exhibit offers travelers interactive maps of the park, updated information on wildlife sightings, tips on how to enjoy the park safely and much more.
The exhibit is a collaborative project with the airport, Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Park Foundation and the Yellowstone Association.
The Yellowstone Park Foundation provided $150,000 for the exhibits and the Yellowstone Association chipped in $170,000 for the store and information desk.
“We hope the exhibit provides people a sense of place that they’re at the doorstep at the world’s first national park,” said Tom Porter, the Yellowstone Park Foundation’s corporate relations manager.
The exhibit sits at the base of the escalator that leads from the arrival gates to the baggage claim area.
Dual 55-inch touch screens provide an interactive experience that includes Yellowstone trivia, a collection of high-definition photographs and information on the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
Two smaller, 22-inch video kiosks are loaded with two dozen short videos produced by the National Park Service.
Informational panels highlight park thermal features, popular wildlife and history. There is also a park map and a live webcam of Old Faithful.
An 800-square-foot store, managed by the Yellowstone Association, houses a staffed information desk, Yellowstone merchandise and information on weather, road conditions and animal sightings. The store has been open for about 10 months.
“We really wanted to welcome visitors to our area with some great entertainment and great educational information,” said Melinda Gable, Yellowstone Park Foundation marketing director.
The display will give travelers an opportunity to get information quickly when they arrive, said Scott Humphrey, deputy airport director.
“It’s almost like having an interactive vacation planner for guests traveling to the park,” Humphrey said.
And for the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport, which is trying to position itself as the airport of choice for park visitors, Humphrey said this exhibit is “one more brick in the wall.”
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