Operating Hours & Seasons
Road, Service, & Program Schedules Can Change. Always Check Locally for Updates!
Yellowstone National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. However, some roads are closed to wheeled vehicles from November to May or June. All road, service, and program schedules can change so check locally for updates! Recorded Road Information: 307-344-2117.
Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/YellowstoneNPS.The North Entrance outside of Gardiner, MT, and south of Livingston is always open. This road is plowed in the winter and leads toward the park's Northeast Entrance, to Cooke City, MT. Travel out of the park past that point in winter is not possible, as the pass to Red Lodge, MT, is not maintained during winter months.
See Yellowstone Map and Montana State Map (interactive and plain) for more information. The other entrances (except the North Entrance) close to automobile traffic in November while roads are being prepared for snowcoach and snowmobile traffic. Entrances close again in late March and early April so roads can be cleared for the summer season. Interior park roads are only open to over-snow vehicles during the winter season. Is there a best time to visit Yellowstone? It depends on what you are looking for and each season has its advantages.
Sources for Unscheduled Road Changes
Ongoing Road Construction Projects
Seasonal Opening and Closing Dates for Facilities
Visitor Center Hours
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.