Current Conditions

 
 

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.

Wildlife

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.

Weather

The weather in Yellowstone can change quickly, especially during the fall. Check the weather page for more information and the webcams to observe current weather conditions.

 
 

Snow

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
Firehole Swim Area: Closed
Park waters are swift and cold: use caution around all rivers and streams. Read more about swimming and soaking in Yellowstone.

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.

Fire

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.

Fishing

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.

 
 
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Basic Information

Get all the essential information here, from directions to entrance fees to hours of operation.

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Backcountry Situation Report

Current conditions for trails and campsites.

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Current Geyser Activity

Get the latest geyser eruption predictions.

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Canyon Area Construction Projects

Learn about current and future closures that are part of the Canyon Overlooks and Trails Restoration Project.

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You'll find great advice on our 24/7 traveler’s information station.

Last updated: December 19, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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