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The only road open in Yellowstone National Park is Highway 89 at Gardiner, Montana to park Headquarters at Mammoth Hot Springs and from Mammoth Hot Springs to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana. No other entrance to Yellowstone is open at this time. The East, South, and West entrances will open in December for oversnow vehicle travel (Ski, snowcoachs and snowmobiles). The East, Northeast, South, and West entrances will open in spring (April and May 2017) to regular vehicle entrance and travel.




Yellowstone National Park Roads

Yellowstone National Park Roads Updated in December 2016



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Roads Open


Yellowstone National Park 2017 Opening Schedule


Yellowstone National Park is our first and grandest national park. Only a part of Yellowstone is open all year. The North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana is Open Year Round. The road from Gardiner to Mammoth Hot Springs and from Mammoth to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana is maintained for winter vehicle travel. In winter, vehicles are usually required to have snow tires and may be required to have chains to enter the park. The road though plowed and maintained, will be snow or ice packed in areas. The North Entrance is open 24/7 365 days a year, but there may be temporary closures due to weather or other conditions. Also of note, you cannot travel east of Cooke City, Montana until late spring when the road east of Cooke City is plowed open for vehicle travel. Please Note: This schedule is subject to change due to weather, fire, or other conditions.


Yellowstone National Park Entrance Opening Schedule
North Entrance Open Year Round
West Entrance Friday 21 April at 8:00 AM
East Entrance Friday 05 May at 8:00 AM
South Entrance Friday 12 May at 8:00 AM
Old Faithful to West Thumb Friday 12 May at 8:00 AM
Canyon to Tower Friday 26 May at 8:00 AM
Beartooth Highway Friday 26 May at 8:00 AM

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Roads Close


Yellowstone National Park 2017 Closing Schedule


This is the latest 2017 Entrance and Road Closing Schedule from the park service. Please Note: This schedule is subject to change due to weather, fire, or other conditions.


Yellowstone Entrance and Road Closure Schedule
North Entrance Open Year Round
Beartooth Pass (depends on weather) Tuesday 10 Oct at 8:00 AM
Canyon Junction to Tower Fall Tuesday 10 Oct at 8:00 AM
East, South, and West Entrances Monday 06 Nov at 8:00 AM

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Road Construction


Yellowstone National Park Road Construction Map


Yellowstone National Park Road Construction NPS Map

~ Road Construction ~


1. Gibbon River Bridge (near the Norris Campground road): Expect road construction from mid April through November 2nd with possible nightly closures at any time. Check locally. In addition, construction is underway north of the entrance to the Norris Campground on the road to Mammoth Hot Springs. A 5.4 mile section of the road is being rebuilt, as is the bridge over the Gardner River. Visitors should expect daytime delays of up to 30 minutes, with nightly closures between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. beginning June 1st. Alternate routes exist, allow extra time to reach your destination.


2. Gardner River Bridge (7-Mile Bridge): Expect road construction from mid April through November 2nd with possible nightly closures at any time. Check locally. This section of road will be closed to all traffic from 11:00 p.m. September 14th, to 7:00 a.m. on September 30th. Alternate routes exist, allow extra time to reach your destination.


3. Isa Lake Bridge: Expect bridge reconstruction activities to start in early July. This road segment will close at 6:00 am on September 2nd for the season. Alternate routes exist, allow extra time to reach your destination.


4. Frog Rock Area Project: May Cause Traffic Delays - Yellowstone National Park will be conducting project work in the Frog Rock dry dump area, located near the Grand Loop road between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction on Wednesday, May 21st. Visitors may encounter traffic delays of up to 30 minutes between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


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Road Information


Yellowstone National Park 2017 Road Information


Yellowstone National Park Road Map Gardiner, Montana North Entrance Mammoth Hot Springs Roosevelt and Tower Area Canyon Area Norris Area Madison Area West Entrance Old Faithful Area West Thumb Area Grant Area South Entrance Fishing Bridge Area Northeast Entrance East Entrance

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Yellowstone National Park is a large park at 2.2+ million acres and 251 miles of roads. At this point in time (2013), the roads are the best they have been for a very long time. There has been a lot of new construction and the park service has tried to do overlays on the other areas that were in bad need of repair.


All of Yellowstone roads are two lanes. There is limited space for pulling off the roads, and limited passing zones. There are a few roads with shoulders for bike riders. There are roadside pullouts for viewing areas, or wildlife, or for parking for hikes. Slower traffic is strongly encouraged to be courteous and think of other drivers and visitors and to utilize pullouts.


There are several areas where there are steep grades and winding narrow roads. These areas are: Sylvan Pass (8,530 feet / 2,600 meters), Craig Pass / Continental Divide (8,391 feet / 2558 meters), Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner, Montana (6,239 feet / 1,902 meters). The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Gardiner is narrow with some fairly sharp turns, it is best to use low gears as your brakes will heat up. Some visitors who arrived in Gardiner wanted to find a garage to look at their brakes as they were hardly working by the time they got to Gardiner. All that was needed was time to allow their brakes to cool as they had overheated from usage on the drive down.


If you look at the above park map, you will note that the park roads are roughly in a figure eight, with an Upper Loop, a Lower Loop, and a Grand Loop. The total road mileage in the park is 251 miles, the Upper Loop is 70 miles around, the Lower Loop is 96 miles around, and the Grand Loop is 142 miles around. The park top speed limit is 45 miles per hour, with many areas with lower speeds. The speed limit is strictly enforced, you will not want to get a ticket while on vacation and most animal deaths in the park involve vehicle accidents. Be careful and enjoy your time in Yellowstone.


During the main tourist season (mid Jun - mid Sep) the roads are crowded. There will be times that wildlife will be on the road, they have the right of way. There will also be what is known as buffalo jams, elk jams, bear jams and wolf jams. You cannot stop and park your vehicle in the middle of the road to take pictures or watch. You have to pull completely off the roadway so you are not blocking traffic. Utilize pullouts, parking areas, and/or road shoulders if available.


It is hoped that this information will be helpful in planning your trip and time in Yellowstone. Be careful, have fun and enjoy the beauty, magic, and wonders of Yellowstone!


Yellowstone National Park Milage
  Old Faithful Grant Lake Canyon Mammoth Roosevelt
Old Faithful   19 38 42 51 61
Grant 19   24 40 73 59
Lake 38 24   17 49 36
Canyon 42 40 17   33 19
Mammoth 51 73 49 33   18
Roosevelt 61 59 36 19 18  

Milage Chart from Gardiner, Montana

Yellowstone National Park's North Entrance

North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana Less than a mile
Mammoth Hot Springs 5 miles
Tower 23 miles
Norris Geyser Basin 26 miles
Canyon 38 miles
Madison 40 miles
Northeast Entrance 52 miles
Silver Gate, Montana 53 miles
West Entrance 54 miles
West Yellowstone, Montana 54 miles
Yellowstone Lake 54 miles
Old Faithful 56 miles
Cooke City, Montana 56 miles
West Thumb 73 miles
East Entrance 81 miles
South Entrance 95 miles
Cody, Wyoming 134 miles
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 160 miles

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