Operating Hours & Seasons

Every season in Yellowstone sees big changes to what’s happening in the park and what services are available for people to enjoy. July and August are the only months when all facilities, roads, and services are open. Every other month brings a mix of options as the park prepares for, settles into, and then digs out of winter.

Once roads open for the summer season, they are not gated at night and people may enter/exit the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Discover what season is best for you by reviewing our seasonal highlights, then check the schedule to see when roads open and close. Yellowstone has five entrance stations, and several are closed to regular vehicles during winter. It takes many hours to drive between entrances, so be sure to check the status of roads at the entrance you intend to use. The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Northeast Entrance is always open to regular traffic, providing year-round access to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley and great access for camping, hiking, fishing, or skiing.

Below you’ll find details about the facilities and services available between April and November 2017. For the rest of the year, check out our Winter in Yellowstone page.

 

2018 Dates

All dates are subject to change.

Bridge Bay

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bridge Bay Campground May 18 September 9
Dock Rental May 18 September 9
Guided Fishing & Sightseeing Tour June 11 September 2
Marina Store May 18 September 9
Outboards, Guide Boats, Rental Boats June 11 September 2
Scenicruises & Backcountry Shuttles June 11 September 2

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.

 

Canyon Village

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bear Spray Rental Kiosk May 26 September 30
Canyon Campground May 25 September 23
Canyon Lodge (lodging, dining, retail) May 18 October 14
Canyon Visitor Education Center April 21 November 5
Canyon Yellowstone Adventures Store April 20 November 4
General Store May 4 October 14
Post Office Late May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) April 27 October 21
Wrecker April 27 October 14
Repairs May 25 September 3
Trail Rides June 20 September 2

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.

 

Fishing Bridge

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Fishing Bridge RV Park May 11 September 3
Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum May 26 October 9
General Store May 25 September 3
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 18 September 3
Wrecker May 25 September 3
Repairs May 25 September 3

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the RV Park, which closes at 11 am.

 

Grant Village, West Thumb, & South

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store May 25 September 16
Grant Village Campground June 8 September 16
Grant Village Lake House Restaurant June 1 September 23
Grant Village Lodge (lodging, dining room, gift shop) May 25 September 30
Grant Visitor Center May 26 October 9
Lewis Lake Campground June 15 November 4
Mini Store May 11 September 23
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 25 September 23
Repairs May 25 September 3
Wrecker May 25 September 3
West Thumb Information Station May 26 October 9

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.

 

Lake Village

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store May 11 September 20
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 11 October 8
Lake Lodge Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) July 15 September 23
Lake Medical Clinic May 18 September 22
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-October

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.

 

Mammoth Hot Springs & Indian Creek

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Albright Visitor Center Open all year
General Store Open all year¹
Indian Creek Campground June 8 September 10
Mammoth Campground Open all year
Mammoth Clinic (307-344-7965, 911 for emergencies) Open all year²
Seven days a week June 1 September 27
Weekdays only September 28 May 31
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (cabins, dining) April 27³ October 14
Mammoth Hotel (fast dining) April 27 October 14
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (hotel lodging) April 27³ September 3
Post Office Open all year4
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas - LP available May 11 September 30

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.
¹ - General store closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
² - Clinic closed December 31-January 1, May 28, November 22–24, and December 25–26.
³ - Hotel and guest facilities at Mammoth Hot Springs will open during Summer 2018, though the hotel lobby, retail shop, Map Room and some guest units will not be open for a portion of the season due to construction.
4 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

Norris

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Museum of the National Park Ranger May 27 September 24
Norris Campground May 18 September 24
Norrise Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station May 20 October 9

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.

 

Old Faithful

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bike Rentals May 28 September 2
General Store (Lower) May 5 September 23
General Store (Upper) April 27 October 28
Old Faithful Clinic May 18 October 1
Old Faithful Inn (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 4 October 7
Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli May 4 October 7
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 11 September 30
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (gift shop, fast dining) May 11 September 30
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (lodging, dining) April 27 October 21
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center April 21 November 5
Post Office Early May to Late October
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, LP gas available, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (Lower) May 25 October 7
Gas (Upper) May 4 September 9
Repairs May 25 September 3
Wrecker May 4 October 7

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.

 

Tower, Roosevelt, and Northeast

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Cookout June 2 September 8
General Store (Tower Fall) May 18 September 19
Mini Store (Roosevelt) June 1 September 3
Pebble Creek Campground June 15 September 24
Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) June 1 September 3
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) June 2 September 4
Slough Creek Campground June 15 October 9
Tower Fall Campground May 25 September 24
Trail & Stagecoach Rides June 1 September 2

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.

 

West Entrance & Madison

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Madison Campground April 27 October 14
Madison Information Station May 26 October 9
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (NPS Desk) April 21 November 5

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.

 
 
 

Last updated: December 7, 2017

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Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

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