Getting into Yellowstone
Starting early November, all park roads close to vehicles until May the following year. The one exception is the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance, which stays open year round. The North Entrance is located just outside of Gardiner and south of Livingston making Bozeman a great hub for accessing the park in the winter on your own wheels. The Northeast Entrance is located at the small towns of Silver Gate and Cooke City. East of these towns, the road closes in the winter, making them only accessible if you enter from the North Entrance. See the complete schedule for park roads here.
Over snow vehicles (via guided snowmobile and snowcoach tours) can enter the park between December 15th and March 15th. Tours are offered throughout the park on groomed roads.
There are two lodging options within Yellowstone National Park in the winter:
- Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is located just inside the North Entrance and open from mid December to mid March.
- Old Faithful Snow Lodge is located in the heart of the park and is accessible by snowmobile or snowcoach tour. It is open from mid December to early March.
- Just outside of the park, the towns of West Yellowstone, Gardiner, and Cooke City offer great access for visiting Yellowstone via snowmobile, snowcoach, or cross country skis.
Believe it or not, you can actually camp in Yellowstone in the winter. Mammoth Campground is open year round.