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Yellowstone offers lots of different ways to enjoy winter. Learn more and start planning your next winter adventure right here!
Winter in Yellowstone means fewer crowds, frigid temperatures, and steaming geyser basins. Skis, snowshoes, snowcoaches, and snowmobiles become the primary modes of transportation as most park roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and winter storms blanket the park with fluffy, white snow.
Top Things to Know in Winter
1. Most Park Roads Closed to Wheeled Vehicles
Check our road status map before you leave.
2. Want to See Old Faithful?
3. Services are Limited
Most facilities are closed during winter. Check winter operating hours for visitor centers, stores, restaurants, campgrounds, lodges, and warming huts.
4. Camping and Lodging
The only campground in the park open year-round is in Mammoth Hot Springs, located 5 miles south of the park's North Entrance.
5. Prepare for Winter Conditions
Winter temperatures range from zero to 20°F (-20°C to -5°C) throughout the day. Sub-zero temperatures are common, especially at night and at higher elevations. Check the current weather conditions, pack proper clothing and equipment, and review winter safety tips!
6. Do Not Approach or Feed Wildlife
Animals always have the right of way. Expect to encounter bison and other wildlife on park roads. Slow down or pull over until they pass or move off the road.
7. Stay on Boardwalks
People have been severely injured or killed by breaking through the thin ground in thermal basins or falling into hot springs. Snow-packed boardwalks can be slippery, especially near thermal areas. Wear traction aids over your shoes or boots.
8. Protect Yourself and Others
Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Yellowstone National Park, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels, are required to wear a mask indoors, on snowcoach and road-based tours, and in crowded outdoor spaces.
9. Enhance Your Experience
Download the free National Park Service app (and offline content) before you arrive.
10. Connectivity is Limited
You will likely not receive calls or texts, even in the few areas you have cell reception.
2021–2022 Winter Facilities and Services
All opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions, staffing levels, or public health guidance.
These are still tentative, and may change as the season approaches. Anything not included in this list is closed during the winter.
Shelter for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.
Mammoth Hot Springs to the Northeast Entrance
This is the only part of the park open to wheeled vehicles. The road is open up to Cooke City, Montana, after which the road is closed (no through-traffic to Red Lodge, Montana or Cody, Wyoming). Services are very limited between Mammoth Hot Springs and Cooke City, Montana.
1 - Closed Thanksgiving
Plan Your Visit
Yellowstone is seasonal. Plan your visit by learning about current conditions, seasons, road conditions, services, activities, and more.
Last updated: November 29, 2021