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  • Craig Pass Closed for the Season

    The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful is closed for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. More »

Road Construction and Delays

2014 Scheduled Road Construction

  • Reference the numbered dots and map below to see where road construction is scheduled for 2014.
 
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  • Gibbon River Bridge (north of Norris Campground road) to Gardner River Bridge (north of Indian Creek Campground road): expect road construction delays of up to 30-minutes.
  • Nightly closures from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. The road will NOT be closed Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Please note: starting September 14 at 11:00 p.m. to September 30 at 7:00 a.m., will have a full-road closure 24 hours a day. The detour for this section will be over Dunraven Pass.
  • Starting October 1st until the road closes for the season, expect daytime delays of up to 30-minutes and no night time closures.
 
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  • Isa Lake Bridge Replacement Bridge. The road linking West Thumb and Old Faithful closes September 2 at 6:00 AM for the season—traffic should detour through West Thumb, Lake, and Canyon. Visitors will still be able to travel south from Old Faithful as far as the trailhead to Lone Star Geyser and north from West Thumb Junction to access the DeLacy Creek Trailhead.
 
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  • North Entrance to Mammoth Hot Springs September 15 through September 25, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 5:30, possible 30-minute delays due to paving activities.
 
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Motorcyclists are advised to slow down and use extreme caution on loose gravel in construction areas.

 

General Road Construction Information
Road construction is perennial in Yellowstone National Park. In general, park roads have either been recently repaired or reconstructed, or are scheduled for repair or reconstruction. Approximately 80% of main park roads (about 185 mi or 295 km) are in a structurally deficient state, with poor quality road bases failing under the weight, speed, and volume of modern traffic for which they were not designed. Harsh winter weather and short construction seasons provide additional challenges.

These needs are now being addressed under a 20-year, $300 million Federal Lands Highway Program for Yellowstone National Park. In addition, park road repair crews will be working in other areas of the park throughout the seasons.

Yellowstone reconstructs its roads during the spring, summer and fall seasons, which means you will likely encounter delays depending on your destination. It's a good idea to check with our visitor centers or entrance stations for current information and possible delays.

 

Recommended Road and Construction Resources Before Traveling

Yellowstone Info
Information about our roads.

  • Yellowstone's Park Roads page for the current road status.
  • Current road information by phone: 307-344-2117

Montana Info
Information about Montana road projects.

Wyoming Info
Information about Wyoming road projects.

Grand Teton National Park Info
Information about their roads.

  • call 307-739-3614
  • Grand Teton's newspaper includes a road construction map for further reference and can be found online at www.nps.gov/grte, or picked up at any park entrance station or visitor center.

Other Numbers to Call for Road Information

  • Beartooth Highway: 1-888-285-4636
  • Cody Chamber: 1-800-393-2639
  • Red Lodge Chamber: 1-888-281-0625
  • Cooke City Chamber: 406-838-2495

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.