Operating Hours & Seasons

The park is open 24 hours a day, year-round. Please note that the North Unit operates on Central time, while the South Unit operates on Mountain time.

Portions of the South Unit Scenic Loop Drive and North Unit Scenic Road may be closed in winter due to snow and ice. Check the status of the park roads.

Visitor Centers:

South Unit Visitor Center
Open daily all year, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm MT
Summer hours (June - September), 8:00 am - 6:00 pm MT
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Painted Canyon Visitor Center
Open in 2015, from May to October

June 1 to August 22, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm MT
August 23 to mid-October, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm MT

North Unit Visitor Center
As of August 22, 2015, a temporary visitor center is open near the entrance to the North Unit. Operating hours are 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (CT), daily.

The main visitor center has been closed due to a structural failure. While planning and construction are underway for a new permanent facility, the temporary visitor center will be available.

Campgrounds:

Cottonwood Campground
Open all year. Limited services from mid-October to mid-May. Fees collected year-round.

Juniper Campground
Open all year. Limited services from mid-October to mid-May. Fees collected year-round.

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