Visitor Services & Roads Transition to Fall & Winter Season
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Visitor Services And Roads Transition To Fall And Winter Seasons
Fresh snow on mountain peaks, overnight freezing temperatures, and the bugling of bull elk are all signs that fall has arrived in Yellowstone National Park.
Many park campgrounds, general stores, gift shops, and lodging have already closed for the season. Most services at Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs stay open into October. At Mammoth, the Yellowstone General Store, clinic, campground, and Albright Visitor Center are open all year. A complete list of closing dates can be found on the web at www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/open_closedates.htm.
Winter weather conditions can temporarily close some park roads at any time. Recorded information on road conditions is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
The road between Tower Fall and Canyon over Dunraven Pass, and the Beartooth Highway from Long Lake to the summit at the Montana/Wyoming state line, are set to close for the season at 8 a.m. on October 14. All other interior park roads close for the season at 8 a.m. on November 3, in preparation for winter.
The road from Gardiner, Montana, at the park’s North Entrance, to Cooke City, Montana, at the park’s Northeast Entrance, is open to wheeled vehicles all year. This provides access to a wide range of recreational opportunities including wildlife viewing, fall hiking, and cross country skiing, and snowshoeing in the winter.
Xanterra Parks and Resorts provides lodging, food service, and guided winter recreation opportunities inside Yellowstone National Park. Details are available online at www.travelyellowstone.com or by calling 866-GEYSERLAND.
All communities near and on the way to Yellowstone are open year ‘round, with local businesses offering a wide range of fall and winter recreation opportunities depending on the weather, including hiking, fishing, hunting, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
Information on fall and winter lodging, camping, services, and activities near the park in the Montana communities of Gardiner, West Yellowstone, and Cooke City, is available by contacting their respective Chambers of Commerce or from Travel Montana at 800-847-4868 or http://visitmt.com/.
Information on visiting the Wyoming communities of Cody and Jackson this fall and winter is available from their Chambers or Commerce, or by contacting Wyoming Travel and Tourism at 800-225-5996 or www.wyomingtourism.org.
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Did You Know?
There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.