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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 roads close, rivers and lakes freeze, and winter storms blanket the park with fluffy, white snow.

Restricted vehicle access and limited services make winter visits far different than the summer experience. Every year in early November, most park roads close to regular traffic to prepare for the winter season. The only exception is the road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the northeast entrance, which is open to regular traffic all year (the road is closed east of Cooke City, Montana). Around mid-December, roads open to limited snowmobile and snowcoach travel. This means the only way to visit Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, and other popular destinations during winter is by guided snowmobile or snowcoach, or through the non-commercially guided snowmobile access program. Winter travel ends in mid-March, when plowing crews begin clearing a winter’s worth of snow. Roads start re-opening to automobiles in mid-April.

Most stores, restaurants, campgrounds, and lodges are closed during winter. Warming huts at Fishing Bridge, West Thumb, Old Faithful Yurts, Madison, and Indian Creek will be open but not staffed.

Park partners and concessioners may offer a variety of guided trips throughout the park during the winter months. Authorized and permitted businesses also offer guided tours for a variety of activities.

 

2020–2021 Winter Facilities and Services

All opening and closing dates are subject to change based on future conditions and public health guidance. Capacities will be limited per CDC guidance. We will continue to evaluate and adapt to changing COVID-19 guidance and adjust operations as needed.

These are still tentative, and may change as the season approaches. Anything not included in this list is closed during the winter.

 

Warming Huts

Shelter for skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers.

Warming Hut Staff Food Water Restroom Hours First Day Last Day
Canyon Visitor Education Center Lobby No Yes1 Yes Yes 9 am–3 pm December 15 March 8*
Fishing Bridge No No No Yes 24 hours December 15 March 15*
Indian Creek No No No Yes 24 hours December 15 March 1*
Madison No Yes1,2 Yes Yes 24 hours December 15 March 15
Mammoth Hot Springs3 No Yes1 No No Daylight hours December 16 March 1*
Old Faithful Yurts No No No Yes Daylight hours December 15 March 15*
West Thumb No No No Yes 24 hours December 15 March 15*

* - Dates are tentative and subject to change
1 - Vending machine snacks available 24 hours a day
2 - Light snacks and hot drinks sold during the day
3 - Snowmobile fuel available

 

Canyon

Facility Hours First Day Last Day
Canyon Yurt Camp 7 days a week December 19 March 6
Canyon Service Station (Credit card fueling for snowmobiles available 24 hours)
Fishing Bridge Service Station (Credit card fueling for snowmobiles available 24 hours)
 

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.

Facility Hours First Day Last Day
Albright Visitor Center TBD
Mammoth Campground 7 days a week Year-round
Mammoth Clinic
307-344-7965
8:30 am–5 pm (M–Th)
8:30 am–1 pm (F)
Closed weekends & holidays
Year-round
Mammoth General Store 7 days a week1 Year-round
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel and Cabins
Dining Room 7 days a week December 15 March 1
Gift Shop 7 days a week December 15 March 1
Lodging 7 days a week December 15 March 1
Map Room Barista/Bar 6:30 am–2 pm December 15 March 1
Ski Shop 7 days a week December 15 March 1
Mammoth Service Station (credit card fueling available 24 hours)
Post Office 7 days a week December 15 March 15
Tower-Roosevelt Emergency Phone (Between service station and restrooms)
Tower-Roosevelt Service Station (credit card fueling available 24 hours)

1 - Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

 

Old Faithful

Facility Hours First Day Last Day
Old Faithful Snow Lodge
Old Faithful Bear Den Gift Shop 7 days a week December 15 March 15
Old Faithful Geyser Grill 7 days a week December 15 March 15
Lodging CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Cabins CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center (Restrooms Only Open) TBD
Old Faithful Service Station (Credit card fueling for snowmobiles available 24 hours)
Grant Service Station (Credit card fueling for snowmobiles available 24 hours)
 

West Yellowstone

Facility Hours First Day Last Day
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center
Chamber of Commerce 8 am–5 pm (Weekdays) Year-round
NPS Desk 8 am–4 pm (Weekdays) CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
 
A pair of skiers on the Barronette Trail.

Winter Safety

Prepare for cold air, deep snow, and slippery boardwalks.

People bundled up while waiting for an eruption of a geyser.

Winter Clothing and Equipment

Review tips for staying comfortable in the cold.

Two skiers explore the mountains of Yellowstone.

Ski & Snowshoe

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Snowmobiles and a snowcoach ride by a small group of bison

Ride a Snowmobile or Snowcoach

Take a guided tour of wintry Yellowstone.

Snowmobile rider taking photo

Snowmobile Access Program

Learn about our non-commercially guided snowmobile program.

A group of people gather during sunrise

Join a Guided Tour

Professional guides can help you make the most of your visit.

A car is parked in front of a low-profile, long wooden lodge.

Operating Hours

See what and when services will be available for the 2020 summer season.

Fog fills a river valley in a landscape

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.

Last updated: January 12, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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