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.

Bridge Bay

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bridge Bay Campground May 15 September 7
Dock Rental May 29 September 13
Marina Store May 29 September 13
Outboards, Guide Boats, Rental Boats June 12 September 6
Scenicruises & 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 Lodge (lodging) May 22 October 12
Canyon Lodge Cafe May 22 October 12
Canyon Lodge Eatery May 22 October 12
Canyon Lodge Ice Creamery May 22 October 12
Canyon Visitor Education Center Mid-April Early November
Canyon Yellowstone Adventures Store May 22 September 27
General Store April 24 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 Closed until early September 2020
Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum Late May Late September
General Store May 1 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 May 29 October 4
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 15 October 12
Lake Lodge Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) June 10 September 27
Lodge Creek Cabins
Lake Medical Clinic May 15 September 19
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-October

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.
- Hours generally 8:30 AM-8:30 PM most of the summer season. Call (307) 242-7241 for shoulder season hours.

 

Madison and the West

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Madison Campground May 1 October 18
Madison Information Station Late May Early October
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (NPS Desk)
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 Open all year1
General Store Open all year2
Indian Creek Campground June 12 September 14
Mammoth Campground Open all year
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 1 October 12
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (dining room & gift shop) May 1 November 1
Mammoth Hotel Terrace Grill (fast dining) May 1 October 11
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (hotel lodging) May 1 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 Early June Mid-September
Norris Campground May 15 September 28
Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station Late May Mid-October

* - 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*
Bear Spray Rental Kiosk June 1 September 15
Bike Rentals Memorial Day Labor Day
General Store (Lower) May 8 October 11
General Store (Upper) April 17 October 25
Old Faithful Clinic† May 15 October 1
Old Faithful Inn (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 15 October 4
Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli May 15 October 4
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins (lodging, cafeteria/bake shop, gift shop) May 15 October 4
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (gift shop, fast dining) April 17 November 1
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (lodging, dining) May 1 October 25
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center April 17 November 2
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 generally 7:00 AM-7:00 PM most of the summer season. Call (307) 545-7325 for shoulder season hours.

 

Tower–Roosevelt and the Northeast

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Cookout June 6 September 12
General Store (Tower Fall) June 5 September 6
Mini Store (Roosevelt) June 5 September 6
Pebble Creek Campground June 15 September 28
Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins (lodging, dining, 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
Trail & 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 5 September 27
Grant Village Campground June 5 September 13
Grant Village Lake House Restaurant May 29 September 27
Grant Village Lodge (lodging, dining room, gift shop) May 29 October 4
Grant Visitor Center Late May Mid-October
Lewis Lake Campground June 15 November 1
Mini Store May 8 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: January 3, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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