Operating Hours & Seasons

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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 the 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. For winter times, check out the Explore in Winter page.

 

2020 Dates

All dates are subject to change. We will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

Bridge Bay

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bridge Bay Campground May 22 September 7
Dock Rental May 29 September 13
Marina Store June 5 September 13
Outboards, Guide Boats, and Rental Boats June 12 September 6
Scenicruises and Backcountry Shuttles June 12 September 13

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

 

Canyon Village and the Grand Canyon

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bear Spray Rental Kiosk May 23 September 15
Canyon Campground May 22 September 20
Canyon Lodges and Cabins
Lodging May 22 October 12
Cabins May 29 October 4
Canyon Lodge (Food and Gifts)
M66 Grill May 22 October 12
Eatery May 22 October 12
Falls Cafe May 22 October 12
Ice Creamery May 22 October 12
Gift Shop May 22 October 12
Canyon Visitor Education Center April 17 November 1
Canyon Yellowstone Adventures Store May 29 September 27
General Store May 22 October 18
Post Office Late May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) April 24 October 25
Wrecker April 24 October 25
Repairs May 22 September 7
Trail Rides June 18 September 7

* - 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 September 4 October 4
Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum May 23 October 10
General Store May 22 October 11
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 15 September 27
Wrecker May 22 September 7
Repairs May 22 September 7

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

 

Lake Village

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store June 5 October 4
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins
Lodging May 22 October 12
Cabins May 22 October 12
Deli May 22 October 12
Dining Room May 22 October 12
Gift Shop May 22 October 12
Lake Lodge Cabins
Cabins June 10 September 27
Lodge Creek Cabins July 151 September 27
Cafeteria June 10 September 27
Gift Shop June 10 September 27
Lake Medical Clinic May 15 September 20
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-October

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.
- Hours 8:30 am–8:30 pm, 5/15–9/14 and 10 am–6:30 pm 9/15–9/20.
1 - These cabins open later due to bear activity in the area. This date is approximate.

 

Madison and the West

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Madison Campground May 22 October 18
Madison Information Station June 6 October 3
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (NPS Desk) April 17 November 1
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (Chamber of Commerce) Open Daily*

* - Open daily, May through September, and open weekdays, early November through April.

 

Mammoth Hot Springs and the North

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Albright Visitor Center As of March 18, 2020, Albright Visitor Center is closed until further notice to adhere to guidance related to COVID-19.
General Store As of March 24, 2020, Mammoth General Store is closed until further notice to adhere to guidance related to COVID-19.2
Indian Creek Campground June 12 September 14
Mammoth Campground As of March 24, 2020, Mammoth Campground is closed until further notice to adhere to guidance related to COVID-19.
Mammoth Clinic (307-344-7965, 911 for emergencies) Open all year3
Seven days a week June 1 September 26
Weekdays only September 27 May 31
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (cabins) May 22 October 12
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (dining room & gift shop) May 22 November 1
Mammoth Hotel Terrace Grill (fast dining) May 22 October 11
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (hotel lodging) May 22 November 1
Post Office Open all year4
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas - LP available May 8 October 4

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.
1 - Albright Visitor Center closed Thanksgiving Day.
2 - General store closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
3 - Clinic closed December 31-January 1, May 27, November 27–29, and December 24–25.
4 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

Norris Geyser Basin

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Museum of the National Park Ranger June 7 September 20
Norris Campground May 22 September 28
Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station May 23 October 10

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.
- Utility issues at the Norris Geyser Basin Museum (Opening delayed until resolved).

 

Old Faithful

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bike Rentals Memorial Day Labor Day
General Store (Lower) May 29 October 11
General Store (Upper) May 22 October 25
Old Faithful Clinic† May 15 October 2
Old Faithful Inn
Lodging May 22 October 4
Dining May 22 October 4
Bear Paw Deli May 22 October 4
Gift Shop May 22 October 4
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins
Cabins May 22 October 4
Cafeteria May 22 October 4
Bake Shop May 22 October 4
Gift Shop May 22 October 4
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Lodging May 22 October 25
Cabins May 22 October 25
Geyser Grill May 22 November 1
Obsidian Dining Room May 22 October 25
Bear Den Gift Shop May 22 November 1
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center April 17 November 1
Post Office Early May Late October
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, LP gas available, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (Lower) May 1 October 18
Gas (Upper) May 15 September 13
Repairs May 22 September 7
Wrecker May 1 October 18

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.
† - Hours 7:00 am-7:00 pm 5/15–9/14 and 8:30 am–5 pm 9/15–10/2.

 

Tower–Roosevelt and the Northeast

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Old West Dinner Cookout June 6 September 12
Tower Fall General Store June 12 September 6
Roosevelt Store June 12 September 6
Pebble Creek Campground June 15 September 28
Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins
Cabins June 5 September 7
Dining Room June 5 September 7
Gift Shop June 5 September 7
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas May 29 September 7
Slough Creek Campground June 15 October 13
Tower Fall Campground June 5 September 6
Horseback and Stagecoach Rides June 5 September 6

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

 

West Thumb, Grant, and the South

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store June 12 September 27
Grant Village Campground June 5 September 13
Grant Village Lake House Restaurant May 29 September 27
Grant Village Lodge
Lodging May 29 October 4
Dining Room May 29 October 4
Gift Shop May 29 October 4
Grant Visitor Center May 23 October 10
Lewis Lake Campground June 15 November 1
Mini Store May 29 October 4
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 22 September 20
Repairs May 22 September 7
Wrecker May 22 September 7
West Thumb Information Station Late May Mid-October

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

 
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Seasons

Explore Yellowstone's seasons.

People line the boardwalk, looking out and taking pictures of a steaming hot spring.

Explore in Summer

Planning is crucial to a good summer visit, as this is the time when most people come to the park.

A skier enjoys a winter sunrise at near a steaming geyser.

Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

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Current Conditions

Learn about things that could affect your visit before you arrive.

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Roads & Construction

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

Last updated: March 25, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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