Hours & Seasons
Yellowstone National Park changes seasonally. Warm summer days are perfect for hiking and fishing, while a winter blanket of snow provides the perfect backdrop for snowmobiling and snow coach rides. Plan ahead and know what to expect when you come to Yellowstone.
What are the typical seasons and road closures in Yellowstone?
While the park is "open" year-round, access is limited in the fall, winter, and spring.
- Always Open: No matter what time of year, 24 hours a day. You can always access the park via the North as the road between the North Entrance at Gardiner, through Mammoth Hot Springs, to the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City is open year-round (note that the road is closed east of Cooke City between mid-October and late-May).
- Spring 2016: Weather permitting, roads will slowly open to vehicles on the following schedule:
- April 15: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
- May 6: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass).
- May 13: Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and South Entrance to West Thumb; Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
- May 27: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass); Beartooth Highway.
- Fall 2016: The Beartooth Highway (east of Cooke City) and Dunraven Pass (between Tower Junction and Canyon) close on October 11th. On November 7th, ALL park roads close (with exception of the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance.
- Winter 2015/2016: This is the season for snowmobiling and snowcoach tours. Snow permitting, groomed roads are open to snowmobile and snowcoach travel from December 15th through March 15th (Dec 22-Mar 1 for the East Entrance). The only road open to vehicles is between the North Entrance and Northeast Entrance Spring is a great time to explore some of the park roads via bicycle.
- Summer: All park roads are open. On occasion, road construction can cause delays. Check the Road Construction Map.
Maps and Resources
- Current Park Road Conditions
- Road Opening and Closing Schedule
- Park Maps
- Winter Road Map
- Wyoming Road Information - for WY roads outside of park
- Montana Road Information - for MT roads outside of park
When are the Visitor Centers open?
- Mammoth Visitor Center: Open daily, all year. 5/23–9/30: 8 am–7 pm, Oct. 1 through winter: 9 am–5 pm. 307-344-2263.
- Canyon Visitor Education Center: 5/23–9/7: 8 am–8 pm, 9/8–9/30: 8 am–6 pm, 10/1–10/12: 9 am–5 pm. 307-344-2550.
- Old Faithful Visitor Center: 5/23–9/30: 8 am–8 pm, 10/1–11/1: 9 am–5 pm. 307-344-2750.
- Fishing Bridge Visitor Center: 5/23–9/30: 8 am–7 pm. 307-344-2450.
- Grant Visitor Center: 5/23–9/30: 8 am–7 pm. 307-344-2650.
- Junior Ranger Station (at the Madison Information Station): 5/23–9/7: 9 am–6 pm. 307-344-2821.
- Madison Information Station: 5/23–9/30: 9 am–6 pm. 307-344-2821.
- Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station: 5/23–9/30: 9 am–6 pm. 307-344-2812.
- West Thumb Information Station: 5/23–9/30: 9 am–5 pm. 307-344-2650.
- West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center: Daily 5/22–9/30: 8 am–8 pm, Weekdays 10/1–4/30: 8 am–5 pm. 307-344-2876.
When are Park Campgrounds and Lodges open?
While Mammoth Campground is open year-round, all other remaining campgrounds are only open in the summer months from either May or June through September or October. See the complete list of Park Campgrounds.
Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel are the only two lodges open during the winter season (mid-December to early-March). All lodges are open during the summer season (May/June through Sept/Oct depending on the lodge. See the complete list of Park Lodges.
What if I have more questions?
Give the park a call:
- Phone (Information): 307-344-7381
- Phone (Camping & Lodging Reservations): 1-866-GEYSERLAND
- Park Highlights
- Hours & Seasons
- Park Maps
- Fees & Permits
- Visitor Centers
- Park Lodging
- Park Campgrounds
- Junior Ranger Programs
- Events Calendar
Horseback and Llama - Day rides or Pack Trips
If you love hiking and want to see Yellowstone's backcountry, take our overnight Llama trips. Or, enjoy a 2-hour, 1/2-day or Full-Day horseback trail ride. Priced affordably.