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The map below shows the current status of park roads and road construction. Select a road segment or icon for more information. Conditions in Yellowstone can change quickly, especially during spring and fall, so check back often. Short-term road closures and delays may not be shown.

 
 

Most park roads are closed to regular vehicles from early November to late-April. Roads are open to limited oversnow travel (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) from mid-December to mid-March.

The only road open year-round to automobiles is from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana (via Tower Junction).

 

Additional Road Information

  • Yellowstone has five entrance stations and it takes hours to drive between them. Be sure to check the road statuses to the entrance you intend to use.
  • For up-to-date information consult the map above, call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting "82190" to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions.
  • Open roads are not gated at night: people may enter/exit the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Check our webcams to see current traffic conditions at the North and West entrances.
  • Check road conditions in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Grand Teton National Park before traveling.
 

2022 Spring Opening Dates

Roads will open at 8 am on the following dates (conditions permitting):

  • April 15: West Entrance to Madison Junction, Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful, Norris to Canyon Village
  • May 6: East Entrance to Lake Village (Sylvan Pass), Canyon Village to Lake Village
  • May 11: Between Cooke City, MT, on US-212 to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296)*
  • May 13: South Entrance to West Thumb, Lake Village to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), Tower Junction to Tower Fall
  • May 27: Opens at 12:30p.m. Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass), Beartooth Highway (US-212)*
  • *see below for more info on these roads outside the park's Northeast Entrance
 

Road Construction

Check the road construction page to learn more about major projects that will cause delays and closures in 2022.

 

2022 Fall Closing Dates

Roads close to regular vehicles on the following dates:

  • November 1: All roads close at 12:01 am except the road between the North Entrance and the Northeast Entrance.
  • October 11: The Beartooth Highway (US-212) closes between the Long Lake barricade, near the Top of the World store, and the Montana/Wyoming state line.
  • Travel east of Cooke City, Montana, on US-212 to Chief Joseph Scenic Byway (WY-296) is possible until early November. Check at WY DOT.

2022-2023 Winter Opening Dates

Conditions permitting, roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 8 am on the following date:

December 15: West Entrance to Old Faithful, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Canyon to Norris, Canyon to Lake, Old Faithful to West Thumb, South Entrance to Lake, Lake to Lake Butte Overlook, East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass)

2023 Winter Closing Dates

Roads close to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 9 pm on the following dates:

  • March 5: Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
  • March 7: Norris to Madison and Norris to Canyon Village
  • March 12: Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge
  • March 15: All remaining groomed roads close
 
Map of Beartooth Highway, Chief Joseph Scenic Byway, Cooke City, and Northeast Entrance.

Roads Outside the Northeast Entrance

After initial opening, weather causes occasional closures. Please check locally or at WY DOT and MT DOT before traveling.

Beartooth Highway

US-212, Cooke City to Red Lodge, Montana

  • Open the Friday of Memorial Day weekend to mid-October.

Chief Joseph Scenic Byway

WY-296, Cooke City, Montana, to Cody, Wyoming, or Laurel, Montana

  • Open year-round to from WY-120 to Pilot Creek Parking Lot (4 miles toward Cooke City from the junction of WY-296/US-212). In winter, 9 miles of road are closed to wheeled vehicles (oversnow travel only) from Cooke City to Pilot Creek. This segment of road is open to wheeled vehicles mid-May through early November. Please check locally or at WY DOT.
 
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Parking

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Grand Tetons Road Information

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Last updated: May 27, 2022

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