Operating Hours & Seasons

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Every season in Yellowstone sees big changes to what’s happening in the park and what services are available for people to enjoy. July and August are the only months when all facilities, roads, and services are open. Every other month brings a mix of options as the park prepares for, settles into, and then digs out of winter.

Once roads open for the summer season, they are not gated at night and people may enter/exit the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Discover what season is best for you by reviewing the seasonal highlights, then check the schedule to see when roads open and close. Yellowstone has five entrance stations, and several are closed to regular vehicles during winter. It takes many hours to drive between entrances, so be sure to check the status of roads at the entrance you intend to use. The road between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Northeast Entrance is always open to regular traffic, providing year-round access to the wildlife-rich Lamar Valley and great access for camping, hiking, fishing, or skiing.

Below you’ll find details about the facilities and services available. For winter times, check out the Explore in Winter page.

 

2019 Dates

All dates are subject to change.

Bridge Bay

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bridge Bay Campground May 17 September 22
Dock Rental May 17 September 15
Guided Fishing & Sightseeing Tour June 10 September 15
Marina Store May 17 September 22
Outboards, Guide Boats, Rental Boats June 10 September 8
Scenicruises & Backcountry Shuttles June 10 September 15

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.
- Currently showing 2018 dates, as 2019 dates have not been set yet.

 

Canyon Village and the Grand Canyon

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bear Spray Rental Kiosk May 25 September 30
Canyon Campground May 24 September 22
Canyon Lodge (lodging) May 17 October 13
Canyon Lodge Cafe May 17 October 13
Canyon Lodge Eatery May 17 October 13
Canyon Lodge Ice Creamery May 17 October 13
Canyon Visitor Education Center April 19 November 3
Canyon Yellowstone Adventures Store May 17 September 22
General Store April 19 October 22
Post Office Late May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) April 26 October 20
Wrecker April 26 October 20
Repairs May 24 September 2
Trail Rides June 20 September 8

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.

 

Fishing Bridge

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Fishing Bridge RV Park Closed until August 2020
Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum May 25 October 14
General Store May 24 October 6
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 24 September 15
Wrecker May 24 September 2
Repairs May 24 September 2

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the RV Park, which closes at 11 am.

 

Lake Village

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store May 14 September 22
General Store Fountain May 14 Septermber 1
Lake Yellowstone Hotel & Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 10 October 7
Lake Lodge Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) June 10 September 22
Lodge Creek Cabins July 15 September 22
Lake Medical Clinic May 17 September 22
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-October

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.
- Hours generally 8:30 AM-8:30 PM most of the summer season. Call (307) 242-7241 for shoulder season hours.

 

Madison and the West

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Madison Campground April 26 October 20
Madison Information Station June 1 October 9
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (NPS Desk) April 19 November 3
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center (Chamber of Commerce) Open Daily*

* - Open daily, May through September, and open weekdays, early November through April.

 

Mammoth Hot Springs and the North

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Albright Visitor Center Open all year1
General Store Open all year2
Indian Creek Campground June 12 September 14
Mammoth Campground Open all year
Mammoth Clinic (307-344-7965, 911 for emergencies) Open all year3
Seven days a week June 1 September 26
Weekdays only September 27 May 31
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (cabins) April 26 October 13
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (dining room & gift shop) April 26 November 3
Mammoth Hotel Terrace Grill (fast dining) April 26 October 13
Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel (hotel lodging) Late Summer November 3
Post Office Open all year4
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas - LP available May 10 September 29

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.
1 - Albright Visitor Center closed Thanksgiving Day.
2 - General store closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
3 - Clinic closed December 31-January 1, May 27, November 27–29, and December 24–25.
4 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

 

Norris Geyser Basin

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Museum of the National Park Ranger June 8 September 15
Norris Campground May 15 September 28
Norris Geyser Basin Museum & Information Station TBD (Late May) October 14

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except the campground, which closes at 11 am.
- Utility issues at the Norris Geyser Basin Museum (Opening delayed until resolved).

 

Old Faithful

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Bike Rentals Memorial Day Labor Day
General Store (Lower) May 3 September 29
General Store (Upper) April 19 November 3
Old Faithful Clinic† May 17 October 3
Old Faithful Inn (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 3 October 7
Old Faithful Inn Bear Paw Deli May 3 October 7
Old Faithful Lodge Cabins (lodging, cafeteria/bake shop, gift shop) May 10 September 29
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (gift shop, fast dining) April 19 November 3
Old Faithful Snow Lodge (lodging, dining) April 26 October 20
Old Faithful Visitor Education Center April 19 November 3
Post Office Early May Late October
Service Stations (406-848-7548 for assistance, LP gas available, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (Lower) May 3 October 13
Gas (Upper) May 17 September 8
Repairs May 24 September 2
Wrecker May 3 October13

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed.
† - Hours generally 8:30 AM-8:30 PM most of the summer season. Call (307) 545-7325 for shoulder season hours.

 

Tower–Roosevelt and the Northeast

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
Cookout June 1 September 7
General Store (Tower Fall) May 17 September 29
Mini Store (Roosevelt) May 31 September 2
Pebble Creek Campground June 15 September 28
Roosevelt Lodge & Cabins (lodging, dining, gift shop) May 31 September 2
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas May 31 September 2
Slough Creek Campground June 15 October 13
Tower Fall Campground June 5 September 6
Trail & Stagecoach Rides May 31 September 1

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.

 

West Thumb, Grant, and the South

Facility/Service First Day Last Day*
General Store May 24 September 29
Grant Village Campground June 7 September 15
Grant Village Lake House Restaurant May 31 September 22
Grant Village Lodge (lodging, dining room, gift shop) May 24 September 29
Grant Visitor Center May 25 October 14
Lewis Lake Campground June 15 November 1
Mini Store May 10 September 29
Post Office Mid-May to Mid-September
Service Station (406-848-7548 for assistance, credit card fueling available 24-hours)
Gas (LP available) May 24 September 22
Repairs May 24 September 2
Wrecker May 24 September 2
West Thumb Information Station May 25 October 14

* - Facilities close at the end of the business day listed, except campgrounds, which close at 11 am.

 
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Seasons

Explore Yellowstone's seasons.

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Explore in Summer

Planning is crucial to a good summer visit, as this is the time when most people come to the park.

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Explore in Winter

Ready to brave the cold? Check out this information for planning a winter visit.

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Current Conditions

Learn about things that could affect your visit before you arrive.

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Roads & Construction

Check the status and seasonal closing dates of park roads.

Last updated: October 25, 2019

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PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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