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Traveling to Yellowstone
Where is Yellowstone Park? Yellowstone is mostly in the state of Wyoming with small sections in Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone’s five entrance gates make it accessible from all directions. The popular Yellowstone gateway towns of Jackson Hole and Cody in Wyoming, plus West Yellowstone, Cooke City and Gardiner in Montana, are the closest towns to Yellowstone and have many hotels, resorts, and camping areas. People always ask: “How far is Yellowstone from Jackson Hole, Wyoming?” Jackson is about 60 miles from Yellowstone’s South Entrance and about 100 miles from Old Faithful. Cody, Wyoming, is 52 miles from Yellowstone’s East Entrance.
Yellowstone National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From road openings and closings, to festivals and activities, even the hot times to photograph a baby black bear, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Yellowstone National Park, as well as in nearby gateway towns in Montana and Wyoming.
2015 National Park Free Entry Days
January 19 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 14-16 | Presidents’ Day Weekend
April 18-19 | First Weekend of National Park Week
August 25 | National Park Service Birthday
September 26 | National Public Lands Day
November 11 | Veterans Day
From the mundane to the outrageous, our park expert answers your pressing questions about Yellowstone National Park. Whether you're planning your dream Yellowstone vacation, curious about the unique geothermal features of the U.S.'s first park, or looking for insider tidbits about Yellowstone, this section is for you. View All Frequently Asked Questions
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During the winter, the only roads that are open to wheeled traffic are from the North Entrance at Gardiner to the Northeast Entrance to Cooke City. Since the Beartooth Highway and Chief Joseph Scenic Highway outside Cooke City also close for the winter season, the only way to Cooke City is through the north Park road. Read more →