Road Construction and Delays
2013 Scheduled Road Construction
Canyon Village Parking Area: May 28 to November 3. Be aware of construction activities in the pedestrian plaza area.
Indian Creek Campground Road (Obsidian Creek Bridge): Asphalt paving at the bridge. Paving will be completed this summer.
General Road Construction Information
Road construction is perennial in Yellowstone National Park. In general, park roads have either been recently repaired or reconstructed, or are scheduled for repair or reconstruction. Approximately 80% of main park roads (about 185 mi or 295 km) are in a structurally deficient state, with poor quality road bases failing under the weight, speed, and volume of modern traffic for which they were not designed. Harsh winter weather and short construction seasons provide additional challenges.
These needs are now being addressed under a 20-year, $300 million Federal Lands Highway Program for Yellowstone National Park. In addition to the major construction addressed below, park road repair crews will be working in other areas of the park throughout the seasons.
We recommend that visitors check the following resources before traveling:
Construction While Traveling to Yellowstone
For information about all road projects in Grand Teton National Park
Other Numbers to Call for Road Information
For more road information, including what roads are open, see our Park Roads page. Thank you for your patience with our road construction efforts.
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.