Yellowstone has five entrance stations, the North Entrance, Northeast Entrance, East Entrance, South Entrance and the West Entrance. It takes many hours to drive between these entrances, so be sure to check the status of roads at the entrance you intend to use. Most park roads are closed to regular vehicles from early November to late-April (see dates below) when the park switches to oversnow travel (snowmobiles and snowcoaches). The only road open year-round to automobiles is from the North Entrance at Gardiner, Montana, through the park to Cooke City, Montana (via Tower Junction). Travel east of Cooke City (via the Beartooth Highway) is not possible from late fall to late May. All dates listed below are subject to change depending on weather and budgetary restrictions.
The map below shows the status of park roads and road construction. Click on a road segment or colored icon for more detailed information. Conditions in Yellowstone can change quickly, especially during spring and fall. Updates to this map may be delayed, so check back often. Short-term road closures and delays may not be shown on this map.
Current Road Status
2020 Fall Closing Dates
Roads will close to regular (public) vehicles at 8:00 am on the following dates.
2020-2021 Winter Opening Dates
Conditions permitting, roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 8 am on the following dates:
2021 Winter Closing Dates
Roads will close to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 9 pm on the following dates:
Construction Projects Affecting Roads
Tower-Roosevelt to Chittenden Road
The road between Tower-Roosevelt and Chittenden Road will be completely closed until May 2022. (In 2021, the full closure will be between Tower Fall and Chittenden Road.) Specific areas on each side of this closure will be open for select time periods:
Beginning in early summer, expect delays around the North Entrance. The entrance station will be open. More details, including dates, will be available after a construction contractor is selected. This project will start in 2020 and take two years.
Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond
From May 4 to October 30, 2020, expect delays along the East Entrance Road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond. Read updated newsletters about the project status. This project will be completed in 2020.
Old Faithful Overpass Bridge
The Old Faithful Overpass Bridge is closed for repairs. Travelers can still access Old Faithful and the Upper Geyser Basin, lodges, stores, clinic, and gas station, but expect detours and delays. The anticipated completion date is late October 2020 (weather permitting).
For additional details about these 2020 projects, please go to Road Construction.
Last updated: September 24, 2020