Visiting in Fall
Fall comes early to Yellowstone. In September the elk often have begun rutting and you can see them around Mammoth Hot Springs. Be careful and remember to stay at least 25 yards (22m) away. In the fall, during the rut, they can be especially dangerous. Bears and other animals become more visible as fall goes on. Early snow and the search for food drive wildlife out of the mountains as they prepare for the winter.
Fall weather is unpredictable; roads may be closed temporarily by snow or other weather conditions. Snow tires or chains may be required. Please Note: The section of the Beartooth Highway (Highway 212), between the junction of Highway 296 and Red Lodge, MT, closes in winter on a schedule determined by amount of snowfall. Travel between Red Lodge and the Northeast Entrance is not possible on Highway 212 until it opens again in the spring. We recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
Many services in the park begin to close in the fall so check our opening and closing dates to see what remains open. Communities around Yellowstone remain open year-round. Most of the park entrances, except the north entrance have closed by early November in preparation for the winter season.