The only road generally open year-round to automobiles is from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana (via Tower Junction). Most park roads are closed to regular vehicles from early November to late-April, and are open to limited oversnow travel (snowmobiles and snowcoaches) from mid-December to mid-March. When open, roads are not gated at night and people may enter/exit the park 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Road & Entrance Status
For up-to-date information, check out the live road status map (above), call (307) 344-2117 for recorded information, or sign up to receive Yellowstone road alerts on your mobile phone by texting 82190 to 888-777 (an automatic text reply will confirm receipt and provide instructions). Before traveling, it's also a good idea to:
2023-2024 Road Opening & Closing Dates (Projected)
Click on the arrows below to expand the selection and find out projected road dates. All dates are subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Open year-round: North Entrance to Northeast Entrance
Open December 15, 2023 - March 3, 2024: Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris
Open December 15, 2023 - March 5, 2024: Norris to Madison, Norris to Canyon Village, Canyon Village to Washburn Hot Springs Overlook
Open December 15, 2023 - March 10, 2024: Canyon Village to Fishing Bridge
Open December 15, 2023 - March 15, 2024: West, South, and East entrances, and all remaining groomed roads
Current Traffic Delays
It's important to be aware of all planned road improvement projects, as they can cause major traffic delays throughout the park. Drive slowly through construction zones and be alert to workers, heavy equipment, wildlife, and other hazards. The following road improvement projects in Yellowstone will cause traffic delays:
Location: Near Tower Junction along the Northeast Entrance Road
Additionally, chip sealing occurs every summer and preserves Yellowstone's roads. Plan for delays of up to 30 minutes. Drive slowly and maintain the recommended speed limit on chip seal pavement to reduce the risk of loose gravel damaging cars or windshields.
Roads Outside the Northeast Entrance
US-212, Cooke City to Red Lodge, Montana
Chief Joseph Scenic Byway
WY-296, Cooke City, Montana, to Cody, Wyoming, or Laurel, Montana
Directions & Transportation
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Last updated: November 14, 2023