Yellowstone Road Access in Winter

Bison walking through deep snow near Tower Junction in March. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco.

Bison walking through deep snow near Tower Junction in March. Photo by NPS Jim Peaco.

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.

Other Park roads are open to winter concessionaires with snowmobiles and snowcoaches.

For current road conditions, call the Yellowstone Public Road Report recording at (307) 344-2117.

Winter Tours

Winter Activities in Yellowstone

Each spring, park roads close while crews clear a winter’s worth of packed snow from the Grand Loop. This totals 198 miles of main road, 124 miles of secondary roads and 125 acres of parking lots inside the park as well as 31 miles of the Beartooth Highway outside the park’s Northeast Entrance to prepare for the summer season. Watch the video to see what it is like to be a part of the Yellowstone Winter Road Crew.

2014 Yellowstone Road Schedule for Opening to Wheeled Vehicles

  • April 18: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
  • May 2: Canyon to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Lake is one mile south of Fishing Bridge).
  • May 9: Lake to South Entrance; West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass)
  • May 23: Tower Fall to Canyon (Dunraven Pass); Beartooth Highway

All Dates are Subject to Change. Check the government road report www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm

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