The vice president will be in Yellowstone National Park on Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence will tour Old Faithful and deliver remarks on the Trump administration’s support for rebuilding national park infrastructure, according to a news release from the vice president’s office. Pence will be joined by the Second Lady and Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt.

Yellowstone has announced an area closure around the famous geyser. A closure alert on the park’s website says portions of Old Faithful will be closed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Visitors will be able to watch Old Faithful from a distance, the alert said, but Yellowstone is encouraging people to visit other parts of the park during that time.

Pence will arrive at the Yellowstone Airport in West Yellowstone around 10 a.m., Thursday. He is scheduled to speak about an hour-and-a-half later, and he’ll return to Washington, D.C., later that day.

Jeff Kaldec, airport manager, said he doesn’t expect any significant interruption of services at the airport, which is scheduled to have two commercial flights Thursday. He said there would be a temporary flight restriction around the time the vice president’s plane lands and takes off.

The visit to the world’s first national park comes a day after his visit to Billings, where he joined Montana Republicans Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte for events focused on drug trafficking and substance abuse.

Michael Wright can be reached at or at 406-582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1.

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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