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Yellowstone National Park 2017 / 2018 Schedule



Yellowstone National Park Schedule Information


Yellowstone National Park Schedule Information


Yellowstone National Park Schedule Information
Spring Opening / Services Schedule Fall Closing Getting Here
Spring Biking Winter Opening Winter Closing

Yellowstone National Park Fee Free Dates
Fee Free Dates



Yellowstone Today” - Park Newspaper / Ranger Led Activities


Roads From West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful Set to Open Friday, April 21 at 8:00 AM.


Restroom facilities will be available at Madison Junction and Old Faithful starting April 21, with pay-at-the pump fuel available 24 hours a day at both the Upper and Lower Service Stations.


The Old Faithful Visitor Education Center, the Geyser Grill and the Bear Den Gift Shop will open for the season on Friday, April 21. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Cabins and Restaurant, the Old Faithful Upper Store and the Lower Service Station convenience store all open for the season on Friday, May 3.


Visitors should be aware that spring in Yellowstone is very unpredictable and often brings cold temperatures, high winds and falling snow. Even cleared sections of roads can be narrow and covered with a layer of snow, ice and debris. Therefore, visitors should use extreme caution when driving as road clearing operations can be ongoing at any time throughout the park. In the case of extreme weather conditions, temporary road closures are also possible with little or no advance warning.


Park entrance fees will be waived April 15 - 16 as part of National Park Week. The week-long annual celebration is designed to encourage people to visit one of America's 401 national park system sites. A seven-day pass to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks is normally $ 30.00 for a private, non-commercial vehicle.


The road from the park's North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana through Mammoth Hot Springs, and on to the Northeast Entrance and the communities of Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana, is open all year.


Thanks to fundraising efforts by the communities of Cody and Jackson, Wyoming, crews and equipment from the Wyoming Department of Transportation have joined National Park Service efforts to clear park roads for visitor travel. You can follow the progress of spring road clearing in Yellowstone on the web at http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/plowing.htm.


Weather permitting, the road from Canyon Junction to Lake and Lake to the park's East Entrance (Sylvan Pass) will open to travel on Friday, May 5th. Travel from Lake to the South Entrance and Tower Junction to Tower Fall and from Old Faithful to West Thumb (Craig Pass) open on May 12th. May 26th Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass) and the Beartooth Highway open.


Information on current conditions in the park is available online at www.nps.gov/yell/conditions.htm. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling: 307-344-2117.


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.


The Albright Visitor Center and the Mammoth Campground are open year round. The Visitor Center offers a bookstore, a museum, park movies, a ranger information station, and ranger programs all year. The Visitor Centers in other areas of the park open shortly after the entrances and roads open.


This is the normal park schedule for other areas of the park:


The West Entrance normally opens for vehicle travel and visitors the Third Friday of April at 8:00 AM. The East Entrance normally opens two weeks later and the South Entrance three weeks after the West Entrance. These dates depend on road plowing and snow and ice removal and the weather. The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris to Madison to the West Entrance and to Old Faithful open at this time.


In the spring, once the roads are plowed and before vehicle travel is opened, visitors may hike, bike or roller blade the park roads from Mammoth to Norris, from Norris to Madison and from Madison to the West Entrance. The road from Madison to Old Faithful is closed due to spring bear activity.


In the fall, after the East, South and West Entrances are closed to vehicle travel, visitors may hike, bike or roller blade the park roads from Mammoth to Norris, from Norris to Madison and from Madison to the West Entrance.




~ Spring Opening ~


Spring Opening


* * * Spring Bike Opening 2017 * * *


A brief spring bicycling season is offered on some park roads after the plows safely clear traffic lanes and before the roads are ready for automobile travel. Details are available at the above link.


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

Bullet Once an Entrance Opens, it is open 24/7 unless a temporary closure for special conditions exists.


Bullet The road from Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris to Madison to the West Entrance and to Old Faithful open at 8:00 am on 18 April 2014.


Bullet Opening Dates and Times are subject to change due to special situations or weather conditions.



Visitors will once again be able to drive into portions of the interior of Yellowstone National Park starting this weekend. The roads through the North and West Entrances to Norris, Madison, Canyon and Old Faithful are set to re-open to car and RV traffic as scheduled at 8:00 a.m., Friday, April 21st.


The road linking Canyon, Fishing Bridge and the East Entrance opens on Friday, May 5th. Travel from the South Entrance to Grant, West Thumb and Fishing Bridge is set to begin Friday, May 12th. Travel from Cooke City over Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway and the Long Lake gate typically also opens by mid-May. The balance of the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, Montana, and the road between Tower Fall and Canyon over Dunraven Pass will open on the 26th of May 2017, weather permitting.


Very limited visitor services will be open for several weeks. Due to the deep snow present in the park’s interior, walking on trails including those along the Canyon Rim, or on boardwalks through thermal areas, will be difficult or impossible for some time.


The park also has several seasonal Bear Management Area closures designed to reduce encounters with bears in areas that have a high density of elk and bison carcasses. Several areas including Midway Geyser Basin and Fountain Paint Pots will remain closed through the Friday of Memorial Day (29 May 2017) weekend.


Park crews have to clear 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, each spring.


Yellowstone's weather is very unpredictable. Visitors should be prepared for a wide range of winter and spring weather conditions, including plows clearing snow from the roads, and temporary road closures. Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.


Yellowstone National Park Fee Free Dates


Yellowstone National Park Fee Free Dates


Yellowstone National Park Fee Free Dates
January 16th Martin Luther King Day
February 20th Presidents' Day
April 15th - 16th & 22nd - 23rd National Park Week
August 25th National Park Service Birthday
September 30th National Public Lands Day
November 11th - 12th Veterans Day Weekend

The National Park Service is waving entrance fees on 10 days in 2017 as a way to encourage people to get outdoors and enjoy the remarkable wildlife, landscapes, historical, and cultural sites that the national parks have to offer.



Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

Highlights of Yellowstone National Park

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Services for 2017 for Yellowstone National Park

Services Schedule for 2017 for Yellowstone National Park

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Map for 2017 for Yellowstone National Park

Click Here for a copy of the Summer Map for 2017. (This is an Adobe pdf file)



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~ Fall Closure ~


Fall Closure


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

Fall weather is unpredictable; roads may be closed temporarily by snow or other weather conditions. Snow tires or chains may be required.


Please Note: The section of the Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), between the junction of Highway 296 and Red Lodge, Montana, closes in winter on a schedule determined by amount of snowfall. Travel between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance is not possible on Highway 212 until it opens again in the spring.


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Restaurant facilities in the park open on a limited basis on opening day and there after as scheduled. Lodging and Camping Facilities in the park open shortly after the opening weekend. There are restaurants and lodging facilities open year round outside the park.


The East, South and West Entrances normally close in the fall on the First Monday in November at 8:00 AM. The North Entrance is open year round. Even though the East, South, and West Entrances are closed to vehicle travel, you can hike, bike or roller blade in the park on park roads unless otherwise noted. There are some specific areas in spring that are closed to all types of travel due to spring bear emergence.


The East, South and West Entrances usually open for over snow winter activity in mid December until mid March. Over snow travel means cross-country ski, snowshoe, snowcoach or snowmobile. Snowcoach and snowmobile travel is limited to concessions guided tours and travel only. The park roads start closing in March and the park starts to plow the roads preparing for the spring opening of these three entrances.




~ Winter Opening ~


Winter Opening


Yellowstone National Park Winter Opening Schedule
North Entrance Open year round to vehicles Open year round to vehicles
South & West Entrances 15 Dec Depending on snow conditions
East Entrances 22 Dec Depending on snow conditions

~ Winter Closing Schedule ~


Winter Closing Schedule


Yellowstone National Park Winter Closing Schedule
North Entrance is open year round to vehicles NA NA
East Entrance to Lake Butte 01 Mar 9:00 PM
Mammoth to Norris 05 Mar 9:00 PM
Madison to Norris to Canyon 07 Mar 9:00 PM
Canyon to East Entrance 12 Mar 9:00 PM
All groomed roads in the park 15 Mar 9:00 PM

The road from Gardiner, Montana through the park's North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs to Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana, is open to automobiles all year, weather permitting.


Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.




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