Yellowstone Road and Entrance Updates

Current conditions and statuses of Yellowstone's road and entrances.

Photo by C.Sagan

Seasonal Closures:

Most Yellowstone roads are subject to annual winter closure to wheeled vehicles starting November through late April and into May due to winter conditions. This includes the road leading to the Old Faithful area and the Northeast Entrance near Cooke City east into Montana.

The only roads that remain open in the winter are those between the North Entrance and Cooke City, Mont., as well as the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the parking area Upper Terraces.

  • Oct. 11, 2016: Dunraven Pass (Tower Fall to Canyon); Beartooth Pass (US 212 to Red Lodge, Montana) closed
  • Nov. 7, 2016: All roads except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast entrance close at 8 a.m.
  • The North Entrance near Gardiner, Montana remains open year round.
  • The Northeast Entrance near Cooke City, Montana remains open year round, but since the Beartooth Highway is closed (see above), you can only access the entrance and Cooke City from within the park.

Visitors should expect delays of up to 30 minutes in most Yellowstone roads Memorial Day Weekend as well as Labor Day Weekend. For more traffic, construction and closures you can call the Yellowstone National Park 24-hour road condition hotline at (307) 344-2117. For seasonal closures and operating hours can be found here.


Damage to Firehole Lake Drive. Photo by NPS

Yellowstone Roads - Are They Melting?

Firehole Lake Drive, a side road to the Grand Loop Road, was closed for a few days due to the asphalt "melting." A 16-mile portion of the Grand Loop is also being repaired and plans are to move the road.

Construction Area of Yellowstone's Grand Loop 2014-2016

Yellowstone Grand Loop Road Construction

Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road will have some construction on roads and bridges the summers 2014-2016. The bulk of the construction will be the 16-mile section of the loop between Norris Geyser Basin and the Golden Gate area south of Mammoth Hot Springs.