East Entrance Opens for Season on Friday, May 7
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone’s East Entrance Opens For Season Friday
The East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, and the road segment from the East Entrance to Fishing Bridge and Canyon, opens for the season at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 7.
Work on a one-mile section of the road through Sylvan Pass may result in traffic delays on the East Entrance road of up to 30-minutes this year. Construction is expected to begin sometime between May 15 and June 1.
The road from the park’s North and West Entrances to Madison, Canyon, and Old Faithful opened as scheduled on April 16. Due to construction through Gibbon Canyon, visitors traveling between Norris and Madison can expect up to 30-minute delays through October 20. This section of road will also be closed to travel between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. every night until September 1.
There will be no alternate route around the overnight construction closure until the road from Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge to West Thumb and the South Entrance opens on Friday, May 14.
There will be no daytime delays or overnight closures due to construction on any park road project during holiday weekends.
The road between Tower Fall and Canyon over Dunraven Pass is scheduled to open for travel on Friday, May 21.
The road from Gardiner, Montana, through the park's North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs to Cooke City, Montana, is open to automobiles all year, weather permitting.
Limited visitor services are available at this time of year, but some facilities are currently open at Old Faithful, Canyon, and Mammoth. For information on facility opening dates, please visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.
As the recent snowstorms illustrate, spring visitors to Yellowstone should be prepared for a wide range of winter and spring weather conditions, including plows clearing snow from the roads, and temporary road closures. Snow remains on many trails and boardwalks which may limit access in some areas.
Updated Yellowstone National Park road information is available 24 hours a day by calling 307-344-2117.
For information on roads outside of the park from Cooke City over Colter Pass to the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway, travelers in Wyoming may dial 511; those outside of Wyoming may call 1-888-996-7623, or visit the Wyoming Department of Transportation website at http://www.wyoroad.info/.
For information on the Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, Montana, which usually opens the Friday before the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, travelers in Montana may dial 511; those outside Montana may call 1-800-226-7623, or visit the Montana Department of Transportation website at http://mdt511.com/.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.