• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

Where are the Plows?

Information updated at 10:00 AM MST on April 18, 2014

  • Plowing crews are currently clearing snow south of Lewis Lake and east of Fishing Bridge. Area lows are still working in the Lake area. Crews are currently experiencing 10 feet of snow on the road surface near Lewis Lake and 4 feet of snow east of Fishing Bridge. Weather conditions have been variable with temperatures around 23 degrees fahrenheit.

  • We will update this page every Friday.

  • The map below shows the current plowing status of all park roads. Blue sections of roads indicate roads that are being plowed or have been plowed, but are closed to travel. Red indicates roads closed to all travel. Black indicates roads open to wheeled vehicles.
 
Plowing map
 
A mint green colored rotary snow plow cuts through piles of snow.
Spring Plowing Video

If you've ever wondered why it takes us so long to transition from oversnow travel to wheeled vehicles, grab a front row seat to the park's plowing operations and watch our spring plowing video.


Plowing park roads is a monumental challenge each year. Unpredictable spring snow storms or other events can slow plowing progress. It is not uncommon for plowing crews to re-plow sections of roads when weather events happen. Each spring, road crews clear snow and ice from 198 miles from main roads, 124 miles from secondary roads and 125 acres of parking lots inside the park as well as 31 miles of the Beartooth Highway outside the park's Northeast Entrance to prepare for the summer season.

Did You Know?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.