• A bull elk bugles in Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

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  • Craig Pass Closed for the Season; Mammoth to Norris Closed Sept. 14-30

    The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. The road from Mammoth to Norris is closed for two weeks—traffic should detour over Dunraven Pass. More »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Visitors walking on the boardwalk in front of erupting geyser.

Lower Geyser Basin

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Yellowstone National Park roads between the North and Northeast entrances are open to auto travel every day, year-round. They provide access to Mammoth Hot Springs, the park's wildlife-rich northern range, and recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, hiking, camping, and fishing in season. The other park entrances and roads have seasonal closures and travel restrictions. Please see our Park Roads page for proposed spring opening dates and more information. Then use the links below to plan your visit.

What Season is Best?
Choosing which season to visit Yellowstone depends on what you are looking for. Winter, spring, summer, and fall have their own character and advantages. Plan your visit in advance and make sure to consider how Things to Do and Places to Go vary depending on the time of year.

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

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.