Yellowstone is open (access limited)

Conditions in the park can change quickly, especially when winter storms hit during spring and fall. The map on this post (click title) lists current road status and highlights construction projects that might affect travel plans. Temporary road closures and delays may not be shown on this map.

2018-2019 Winter Opening Dates

Conditions permitting, roads will open to oversnow travel by snowmobile and snowcoach at 8 am on the following dates:

  • December 15: West Entrance to Old Faithful, Mammoth to Old Faithful, Canyon to Norris, Canyon to Lake, Old Faithful to West Thumb, South Entrance to Lake, Lake to Lake Butte Overlook.
  • December 22: East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass)
Introducing Yellowstone History Journal

Yellowstone History Journal 2018, released in May 2018 and now available at the Old Faithful Inn Gift Shop, dozens of other Yellowstone area stores, and online. The publication is the first-ever journal devoted exclusively to the history of the world’s first national park.

This beautiful, premium, high-quality, full color, keepsake publication captures the essence of Yellowstone National Park’s unparalleled magnificence and storied past.

What are the Chances of Seeing Steamboat Geyser Erupt?
Steam Phase of the May 23, 2005 Eruption of Steamboat Geyser. Photo by Bruce Gourley.

Yellowstone National Park’s Steamboat Geyser, the largest geyser in the world, rarely erupts. Yet it has done so three times this spring: March 15, April 19, and April 27.

Although the three recent eruptions are relatively small compared to major eruptions of the past, the April events discharged roughly ten times the volume of water as does Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone’s most famous geyser.

Get Ready, Get Set, Celebrate the Opening of Yellowstone
Old Faithful Geyser soon after the opening of a new spring season in Yellowstone. Photo by Bruce Gourley.

Friday, April 20, is a day that many Yellowstone National Park lovers around the world have anxiously been awaiting: the day select roads in the park will open for the 2018 spring season.

Yellowstone News: Grizzlies, Bison, Fees and Windows

From wildlife to windows, this early February winter season week in Yellowstone National Park witnessed a wide range of news items.

Grizzly bear advocates were heartened to learn that Montana wildlife officials are recommending that the state not hold a grizzly bear hunt this year in the wake of the previously-endangered animals losing federal protection in the three states surrounding Yellowstone — Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

Another Reason to Bring Your Smartphone to Yellowstone
Roosevelt Arch - Yellowstone National Park
Roosevelt Arch – Yellowstone National Park

The world’s first national park is now embracing decidedly 21st century technology at park entrances.

Starting this month, visitors who travel to Yellowstone National Park with their smartphones in pocket — and who doesn’t travel with a smartphone these days? — have the option of purchasing a digital pass online prior to their visit, and then displaying the digital pass on their smartphone at the entrance booth.