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Current Conditions

Autumn colors of browns and greens provide the foreground to Abiathar Peak. meadow

The meadow below Abiathar Peak is showing fall colors.


Yellowstone National Park is Open

As the park's summer season segues into autumn check our facilities opening and closing dates to see what will be open during your visit.

Park road map with road construction and closure detail.

Craig Pass will close for the season September 2, 2014 and Norris to Mammoth will close from September 14 to September 30. Click on this image to go to the road status map.


Park Roads

On September 14, there will be road construction that will completely close additional road segments and cause detours. Please see our Park Road page for more information. Please expect delays from road construction in the park. Call our 24-hour road information line at 307-344-2117 for updates. For information on roads outside Yellowstone, please call 511 from your cell phone.
Yellowstone Lake is the background scenery for this designated camping spot where a visitor has placed their blue tent.


All of our campgrounds are open, however, it is a busy and popular time to camp and campgrounds fill very quickly at the start of each day. It is recommended that visitors consider researching alternative options prior to arrival if campgrounds in the park are full. For more information on campgrounds in Yellowstone, visit our campground page.

A bull elk bugling.

A bugling bull elk.



The fall season bull elk rutting activity has begun. Bulls are aggressive toward people and vehicles this time of year. Vehicles are damaged by elk every year and occasionally people are charged by elk and can be injured. Please use caution when walking near elk and remember that approaching within 25 yards of elk is prohibited.

Remember to keep a safe distance when viewing wildlife. Be bear aware and learn more about visiting in bear country.

Mammoth Hotel sign with Mammoth Hot Springs terraces in the background.


Visitor Services

Some visitor services have begun to close for the season. Details are available on our Facilities Opening and Closing page. Communities near Yellowstone are open year-round.
The Boiling River closes when there is high water from snow melt in the spring.

Rivers and Streams

The Boiling River and Firehole Canyon Swim Area are open.

Streams are dropping but many of Yellowstone National Park's streams are running above average. Be cautious and safe around cold water.

Rain falls over the Absaroka moutain range.

Summer rain storm over the Absaroka mountain range.



Weather can change quickly in Yellowstone. Before traveling, check Yellowstone weather forecasts and advisories at Yellowstone's weather page or the National Weather Service.

A helpful ranger at the Mammoth Entrance waves a car through the gate.

The Mammoth Entrance Station


Latest News

If you're looking for more information about what is happening in Yellowstone, visit our News Releases page for the most up-to-date news. You can also stay informed and connected to Yellowstone through social media. We're on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.