Select Yellowstone National Park Roads Open to the Public

Yellowstone National Park sign at the North Entrance; Jim Peaco; October 1992

Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open to the public, weather permitting. Roads begin to open annually this time of year for the summer season.

On Saturday, entrance fees will be waived in celebration of National Park Week.

Roads opening April 19

  • West Entrance (West Yellowstone, Montana) to Old Faithful (via Madison Junction)
  • Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful (via Norris Junction and Madison Junction)
  • Norris Junction to Canyon Village

Additional park roads will open throughout May, weather permitting.

The only roads open year-round are between the North Entrance in Gardiner, Montana, and the Northeast Entrance in Cooke City/Silver Gate, Montana (via Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Junction and Lamar Valley).

Plan Ahead

  • Check the park’s Current Conditions before arrival.
  • Anticipate possible road closures due to inclement weather and dangerous driving conditions. Temporary travel restrictions or closures can occur at any time without notice. Have flexible travel plans.
  • Stay informed about up-to-date road conditions in Yellowstone:
    • Visit Park Roads.
    • Call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information.
    • Receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting “82190” to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions).
  • Expect limited services in spring and come prepared. Visit Operating Dates for area-specific information.
  • Reduce wait times at park entrances by purchasing a pass online ahead of time.

During Your Visit and Wildlife Safety

  • Use caution when driving and watch for ice, snow and gravel on road surfaces.
  • Bison, elk, bears and other wildlife use roads as travel corridors. Roadside snowbanks prevent them from easily moving off the roads. Do not crowd, harass or push wildlife. Be mindful as wildlife endure this difficult time of the year.
  • Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and 25 yards from all other wildlife. It is your responsibility to maintain safe distances at all times.
  • Protect yourself and bears. Stay alert, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Roads will be closed on Nov. 1 in preparation for the winter season. The last day to enjoy the park will be Oct. 31.