Dunraven Pass to Open on Friday, May 21
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015
National Park Service
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone’s Dunraven Pass Opens For Season Friday
Dunraven Pass in Yellowstone National Park is scheduled to open for the season at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21. This pass is part of the road segment that connects Tower/Roosevelt and Canyon.
Rising to almost 8,900 feet, it is the highest elevation road inside the park. On clear days, views from Dunraven Pass and Mount Washburn are expansive.
With the opening of Dunraven Pass on May 21, all park entrances and interior roads will be open for the season. However, spring visitors to Yellowstone should be prepared for a wide range of winter and spring weather conditions, including temporary road closures when necessary. Snow tires may be required at times on certain road segments.
Due to construction through the Gibbon Canyon between Norris and Madison, visitors 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 daytime delays or overnight closures due to construction on any park road project during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Limited visitor services are available at this time of year, but some facilities are open at most locations. For information on facility opening dates, please visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/index.htm.
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 via 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.