Roads and Construction
Most roads, except the road from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana through the park to Cooke City, Montana, have closed to automobiles for the season. Roads to Old Faithful and Canyon from the West, South, and North Entrances have opened to snowmobiles and snowcoaches. The East Entrance opens to oversnow vehicles on December 22. For current road status, check the map above or call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information. The park roads page lists current status, seasonal road opening/closing dates, as well as construction projects. The webcams provide a live look at traffic approaching the north and west entrances.
Eating and Sleeping
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel is open and for those traveling by snowcoach or snowmobile, Old Faithful Snow Lodge has opened for the winter season. Check the winter operating hours and seasons page to see what other facilities are open. The nearby attractions page provides links to services in surrounding communities.
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 bear country.
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.
Swim and Soak
Boiling River: Open
Hiking Trails and Backcountry Campsites
Check the backcountry situation report or call the Backcountry Office at 307-344-2160 for trail and campsite conditions. Stream levels have risen in some areas with the recent rain and snow. Use caution when crossing steams.
Wildland fire danger is LOW. 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 the current fire activity page for more information.
The fishing season runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (usually the last weekend in May) and extends through the first Sunday in November.
Last updated: December 19, 2019