Current Conditions




Yellowstone is open.

Conditions in the park can change quickly, especially when winter storms hit during spring and fall. The map below lists current road status and highlights construction projects that might affect travel plans. Temporary road closures and delays may not be shown on this map.


Yellowstone Live - Roads

Yellowstone Road Status Map

Roads & Construction

All roads are open for the season: temporary closures may occur. The park roads page lists current status, seasonal road opening/closing dates, as well as construction projects. Our webcams provide a live look at traffic approaching the north and west entrances.

Eating & Sleeping

All services have opened for the season: check operating hours & seasons for each area. All campgrounds are open and filling early: arrive early or make reservations. Our nearby attractions page provides links to services in surrounding communities.

Hiking Trails & Backcountry Campsites

Mount Washburn trails and trailheads are closed for the 2018 season due to construction projects. Check the backcountry situation report for trail and campsite conditions, or learn more about hiking opportunites in Yellowstone. Some trails and campsites on the northwest side of Yellowstone have been closed due to the Bacon Rind Fire. Please check the Backcountry Situation Report or call the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for more information.


Never approach animals or block traffic to view them. The animals in Yellowstone are wild and unpredictable, no matter how calm they appear to be. Always stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from all other animals, including bison and elk. Read more about safety in Yellowstone.


Wildland fire danger is VERY HIGH. There are no fire restrictions currently in place. As always, campfires are only permitted within fire rings in our campgrounds and some backcountry campsites. All campfires must be cold to the touch before abandoning. Soak, stir, feel, repeat. See our Current Fire Activity page for more information.

Geyser Predictions

When staff are available, geyser predictions are published via Twitter @GeyserNPS, through our apps, on our geyser activity page, and by recorded message at 307-344-2751 (option 2). Predictions are also available on the GeyserTimes website.

Rivers & Streams

Boiling River: open from 6 am to 8 pm. Soaking outside of these hours is prohibited.
Firehole Swim Area: open
Use caution around all rivers and streams. Read more about swimming and soaking in Yellowstone.


The weather in Yellowstone can change quickly. Check our weather page for more information and our webcams to observe current weather conditions.


Fishing season is underway and runs runs through the first Sunday in November.


The Natural Resource Conservation Service offers an interactive map that displays current data on snow depth, snow water equivalent, and more from SNOTEL stations in and around Yellowstone. Avalanche forecasts and other winter safety information are available from the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center.


Last updated: August 12, 2018

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168



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