Yellowstone National Park Scenic Routes, Driving / Auto Tours

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Scenic Drives

A convenient figure 8 loop road offers easy access to all of Yellowstone's most popular attractions. Just outside of the park you'll find a scenic drive in every direction.

  • Beartooth Pass
    Connecting the Northeast corner of the park to Red Lodge, this is the most beautiful of scenic drives near the park.
  • Chief Joseph Highway
    From Cody, Wyoming this road follows the Clark Fork of the Yellowstone River through Sunlight Basin before joining Beartooth Highway.
  • Gallatin Canyon
    From West Yellowstone Montana travel north along the Gallatin River to Bozeman.
  • Grand Tetons
    Head south out of Yellowstone and directly into Grand Teton National Park, whose towering peaks will wow you from any angle.
  • Madison River Valley
    From West Yellowstone, this route runs northwest through the town of Ennis and along the Madison River to Three Forks, Montana, just west of Bozeman.
  • Paradise Valley
    Drive out of the North Entrance at Gardiner Montana and through Paradise Valley, which follows the Yellowstone River. Make sure to stop and soak at Chico Hot Springs before reaching Livingston.
  • Lamar Valley
    This 29-mile stretch in the Northeast corner of the park is fantastic for viewing wildlife.

Road Closures

The park is open year-round, but its roads are not. During the winter months, the only entrance open to vehicle traffic is the North Entrance at Gardiner. This road is open between Gardiner and the Northeast Entrance at Cooke City. More info on Yellowstone Road Closures.

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