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 2015: Weather permitting, roads will slowly open to vehicles on the following schedule:
- April 17: West Entrance opens and roads open to Norris, Madison, Canyon, & Old Faithful.
- May 1: Road opens between Canyon, Fishing Bridge, and the East Entrance.
- May 8: South Entrance opens and roads open to Grant, West Thumb, Fishing Bridge, Lake, and Old Faithful. Road also opens from Tower Junction to Tower Fall. Road opens from Cooke City over Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway.
- May 22: Road opens over Dunraven Pass (Tower to Canyon). Beartooth Highway opens between Cooke City and Red Lodge, Montana.
- June 11: Old Faithful to West Thumb (Craig Pass).
- Fall 2015: The Beartooth Highway (east of Cooke City) and Dunraven Pass (between Tower Junction and Canyon) close on October 13th. On November 2nd, 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
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