Yellowstone has five entrance stations. Make sure to carefully read about access at each station at different times of year. And remember, the dates you are reading below are weather dependent!
During the late spring, summer, and fall (year-round for the North-Northeast entrances) park entrances and roads are open 24 hours for entry, exit, and travel.Please remember to travel at or below the posted speed limit of 45 mph (or lower where posted) when driving Yellowstone roads from dusk until early morning due to the possibility of encountering wildlife along park roadways.
Near the gateway community of Gardiner, MT, the North Entrance is the only park entrance open to wheeled vehicles all year. November through April, the North Entrance provides the only access to Cooke City, MT. US Highway 212 east of Cooke City is closed to wheeled vehicles November through April. The road from Mammoth to Norris opens to wheeled vehicles the third Friday in April through early November, and to tracked-oversnow vehicles, conditions permitting, from December 15 to early March. The closest airline service is Bozeman, MT. See the our Park Roads page for the current year opening dates. Services are available year around.
Adjacent to the town of West Yellowstone, MT, the West Entrance is usually open (weather dependent) to wheeled vehicles from the third Friday in April through early November, and to tracked-oversnow vehicles from December 15 to March 15. The closest airline service is West Yellowstone, MT, Bozeman, MT, Idaho Falls, ID, and Salt Lake City, UT. See the our Park Roads page for the current year opening dates.
Depending on the weather and conditions, this entrance usually opens to wheeled vehicles the first Friday in May and to tracked-oversnow vehicles December 22 through March 1. Limited services are available near the East Entrance. The closest gateway community and airline service is Cody, WY. See the our Park Roads page for the current year opening dates.
Open (weather dependent) to wheeled vehicles from the second Friday in May through early November and to tracked-oversnow vehicles from December 15 to March 15. Limited services are available near the South Entrance. The closest airline service to the South Entrance is Jackson, WY. Be sure to check our Park Roads page for the current year opening dates.
Near the gateway communities of Silver Gate and Cooke City, MT, this entrance is open year around for wheeled vehicle access to Cooke City through Gardiner, MT. US Highway 212 east of Cooke City is closed to wheeled vehicles November through April. Opening dates for roads east of Cooke City vary from year to year, depending on the weather. The Beartooth Highway is open from late May/early June (weather dependent) to mid October. Storms can temporarily close the Beartooth Highway during this "open" period. See the Hours and Seasons and Road Construction Schedule for more information. Closest airline service is Billings, MT. Services are available year around.More Information